Planning for the future of Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick

Published on 15 November 2017

Council has a challenging task of accommodating growth and new development in Glen Eira, while creating vibrant and successful centres which enhance and protect the character of the local area.

One way we can take on this challenge and plan for the future of is by having robust long-term plans in place.

Council has developed draft Structure Plans, which set out the shared long-term vision for the busy central areas of Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick. Development and future land use; transport and parking; types and heights of buildings; employment; open spaces; infrastructure; and the preservation and protection of neighbourhood character are included in the Plans.

To keep Melbourne liveable and sustainable, the State Government is directing population growth to busy centres that are close to things like shops, services and public transport.

Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick are classed by the State Government as major activity centres that can accommodate these changes. This essentially means that these areas will continue to grow and change into the future, however Council’s future plan means that this growth is better located in places that reduce the impact on our existing residential character.

The three Structure Plans are currently in draft form and we invite residents to provide feedback. The draft Plans are available from

Alternatively, you can provide feedback at one of the following community forms or library drop in sessions:

Community forums

Bentleigh community forum
Held on Monday 13 November, with 42 people attending.

Carnegie community forum
Monday 20 November, 6.30pm–8.30pm — Glen Eira Town Hall

Elsternwick community forum
Monday 4 December, 6.30pm–8.30pm — Glen Eira Town Hall

Library drop-in sessions

Bentleigh Library
161 Jasper Road, Bentleigh Tuesday 21 and 28 November and 5 December, 3pm–7pm

Carnegie Library and Community Centre
7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie Wednesday 22 and 29 November and 6 December, 3pm–7pm

Elsternwick Library
4 Staniland Grove, Elsternwick Thursday 23 and 30 November and 7 December, 2pm–6pm