The Macaulay urban renewal area is located approximately 2 kilometers north-west of Melbourne's CBD, in close proximity to the Parkville National Employment Innovation Cluster and the Arden renewal precinct. The area was rezoned in 2018 to accommodate Melbourne's growing population. This was accompanied by the introduction of new built form controls which enable developers to exceed preferred building heights if a development delivers ‘community benefit.’ In approving the controls, the Minister for Planning identified the need for greater clarity in the definition of community benefit and to bring the implementation of this policy in line with other recent initiatives in central Melbourne planning.
The City of Melbourne has engaged Hodyl & Co to investigate the definition of ‘community benefit’ in the context of the planning scheme and to identify mechanisms through which to deliver any agreed benefits. Any recommendations needed to be deliverable within current planning legislation.
This work will review current Victorian legislation and planning mechanisms to establish an existing understanding of community benefit. It will also research best-practice models, drawing upon definitions of ‘community benefit’ from planning tools in other Australian and international cities.
This work recognises the need for a robust and agreed method of defining community benefit and a transparent and fair mechanism for delivering community benefit through development contributions or incentives.
Monash Student Housing Policy
Hodyl & Co are currently working with SGS Economics and Planning to develop a Student and Shared Accommodation Policy and Design Guidelines for Monash City Council. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of built-form and living experiences for students, and facilitate the provision of well-located and designed student and shared accommodation.
While applicable to the entire Monash LGA, the project focuses on the provision of high-quality student and shared accommodation in the Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC), which includes Monash University.
Our work will focus on the role of student and shared accommodation in the local housing market, its impact on aspirations for the Monash NEIC, and recommendations of best-practice design standards assist Monash Council in encouraging high quality urban and architectural design outcomes for student and shared accommodation.