Planning

Planning & Development

The City of Yarra website provides some information to assist objectors. See also www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/planning/planning-applications and the kits provided through the National Trust.

The FRA Committee monitor major developments in Fitzroy. Contact us if you know of and are concerned about a development that will impact on you, your neighbours or the suburb.

The City of Yarra website also shows the current major developments under consideration.

Major developments currently before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) are also listed.

Planning Information

The FRA have developed a Strategic Planning 101 Information Sheet to assist residents in understanding Council planning processes and procedures. Please read here. We invite your feedback on this information sheet as an educative resource for local residents.

Changes to the Yarra Statutory Planning Delegations

In March 2022, significant changes to Yarra’s planning delegations were adopted by Council which gives council officers more authority to make decisions about future statutory planning developments.

The FRA have outlined these changes here; Changes to the Yarra Statutory Planning Delegations

Planning Applications

28 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

8 storey residential development and office. View the FRA objection here

 

84-104 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

9 storey commercial and residential development and 3 levels of car parking. 65 apartments and 103 car spaces. View the FRA objection here

 

371-375 Gore and 195-197 Argyle Street, Fitzroy

8 storey residential development and 2 levels of car parking. 49 apartments and 72 car spaces. View the FRA objection here

 

223-229 Johnston & 368 Gore Street, Fitzroy

10 storey commercial and residential development and 3 levels of car parking 107 apartments and 146 car spaces. View the FRA objection here

 

88 Kerr Street, 71 – 75 Argyle Street and 380 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy
View FRA’s VCAT objection here

 

27-31 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
The FRA submitted an objection to the Planning Panel prior to their VCAT hearing for this St Vincent’s Hospital proposed development. FRA’s concerns focused on Heritage and Environmental Sustainability Design.

View the FRA objection here

 

270 Young Street, Fitzroy
View the FRA objection here

 

45 Rose Street, Fitzroy
View the FRA objection here

 

131-143 Smith Street, Fitzroy
View the FRA objection here

 

362 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
View the FRA objection here

 

298 -300 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

The increasing number of hotels being given approval to use roof tops as an extension to their existing buildings for the consumption of alcohol is impacting on the diversity of our activity centres and the amenity of nearby residents.

The decision of the Planning Decisions Committee of Council to permit the Stone Hotel at 300 Brunswick Street to use its roof top without extensive building works, designed to ameliorate the impact of noise and light pollution on neighbouring residents is of concern to the FRA and nearby residents.

View the FRA objection here

 

84-104 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Godzilla 1.0 No Permit granted 11 December, 2020

SMA No.17 Pty Ltd vs Yarra City Council (and the FRA).

VCAT Hearing 21 – 25 September, 2020 – read the FRA VCAT submission here 

The Fitzroy Residents’ Association is concerned about the proposed building at 84-104 Johnston Street, Fitzroy (opposite Coles Supermarket) and prepared an Objection which was submitted to the Yarra City Council.
Read the FRA objection here

 

223-229 Johnston & 369 Gore Streets, Fitzroy

Godzilla 2.0. No Permit granted.

VCAT Hearing 1-5 February & 12 February, 2021

PACE Development vs Yarra City Council (and the FRA)

Decision 9 March 2021 – view FRA’s VCAT submission here

“Mr Brennan’s submission on behalf of the Fitzroy Residents Association is that the building should be reduced in height by a minimum of two floors to ensure that the overall scale and form of the new development provides a suitable transition to what it describes as low scale residential areas. It also submits this will ensure there is no unreasonable loss of amenity through visual bulk, overlooking and overshadowing. The association supports removing mid-levels 5 and 6 as it would reduce the building height to Johnston Street in a way that retains the upper, more physically recessed levels, rather than these larger mid-levels that sit more prominently in the street”.


The FRA has objected to the proposed development that will be the subject of a  VCAT Hearing in February 2021. It is a 12 storey building with 113 apartments, 159 car park spaces with 2 commercial tenancies. Its height and bulk would overshadow both Johnston and Gore streets. The traffic generated by the 3 level car park would have a negative impact on the neighbourhood. The building fails to meet Environmental and Sustainable Development design objectives, passive living, energy and water efficiency standards.

Our grounds for objection are as follows –

  1. The proposed height, setbacks, massing and design of the building will dominate the surrounding streetscapes and will not positively respond to the surrounding context.
  2. The proposed height, setbacks, massing and design of the building would unreasonably impact the heritage character of the area and the heritage significance of the South Fitzroy heritage precinct.
  3. The proposal fails to respond to the off-site amenity of the surrounding properties and public realm, resulting in unreasonable visual bulk, noise, overlooking and overshadowing impacts.
  4. The proposal would result in an unacceptable internal amenity outcome, contrary to clause 15.01-2 (Urban design principles), clause 21.05-2 (Urban design), and clause 58 (Apartment Developments) of the Yarra Planning Scheme.
  5. The proposal has not adequately dealt with wind matters with regard to on-site and offsite amenity.

 

592 – 622 Smith Street & 2 – 12 Alexander Parade, Fitzroy
The FRA has objected to the proposed development on the grounds of height, bulk, heritage protection, overlooking, noise, privatisation of a laneway, excessive traffic and lack of affordable housing. 

 

26-56 Queens Parade, North Fitzroy
The FRA has objected to an amendment to a Planning Permit  approved by VCAT that  would have a detrimental impact on the neighbourhood character of North Fitzroy. The additional 50 apartments proposed would increase the density of the development and the internal residential amenity is lacking in sunlight at the lower levels. The proposed amendment is currently before VCAT with a Hearing scheduled for February 2021. 

 

14 Brunswick Street & 81 – 89 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
The FRA has objected to this proposed development by the Australian Catholic University. The proposal is for a 12 storey building that is contrary to State Planning Policy, Yarra’s Heritage Overlay and would impact detrimentally on the iconic gateway to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. The application was refused by the Yarra City Council.

View the FRA objection here

The FRA Committee welcomes and supports the role of individual members who along with their neighbours take on developments that impact on their residential amenity and more broadly Fitzroy’s liveability and sustainability.

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