In February 2017, Council began a process to develop a future vision for the former industrial area in Bentleigh East that stretches from North Road to Virginia Park – East Village. Between March and December 2017, Council conducted a four-stage community engagement process to gather views on what this revitalised precinct should look like and focus on.
From the four-stage community engagement process, we heard that transport and access, housing (including affordable housing), building considerations, employment and innovation, green spaces, landscape and drainage, community facilities and services were important. We received over 380 submissions during the development of the Structure Plan and 158 submissions during the formal planning scheme amendment process.
As we developed the Structure Plan and then undertook the formal planning scheme amendment process to incorporate the Structure Plan, we further heard from the community about concerns including traffic, car parking, location and impacts of a proposed school, building heights, over-development, affordable housing, insufficient open space, and exemption from Notice and Review.
We listened to the community's feedback in partnership with the East Village Reference Group. A vision and Structure Plan for East Village were developed and endorsed by Council in October 2018. From September 2019 to July 2020, a formal planning scheme amendment process (C155) was conducted to incorporate the new planning controls outlined in the East Village Structure Plan into the Glen Eira Planning Scheme.
The planning controls outline a plan for future land use that aims to deliver:
- 3,000 new dwellings for 6,000 new residents;
- 4,500 new jobs;
- a new Central Park, Town Square and extension of Marlborough Street Reserve;
- a new pavilion in Marlborough Park and new community facilities in the Town Square; and
- a new secondary school campus.
The vision for East Village is a sustainable mixed-use precinct with a focus on innovative employment and education opportunities. Enhanced by green spaces and places for people, it will be supported by a diverse range of high-quality housing and retail that caters for all. Council acknowledges and thanks all community members who have been involved in the East Village project since 2017.