Structure plan for Bentleigh

We Asked — You Said — We Did is our way of showing how your feedback contributes to our decisions. Check out how you helped us create a structure plan for Bentleigh.

We asked

In November 2016, we conducted an extensive community engagement program so your feedback could inform a major structure planning program for Bentleigh. Our goal was to ensure that we could articulate, plan and resource a clear vision for Bentleigh's future.

You said

We conducted six community engagement stages between November 2016 and December 2017, using a range of methods including:

  • surveys
  • online and in-person forums
  • drop-in sessions
  • email submissions.

During this process, we received 866 submissions and 237 people participated in community forums.

Your responses showed the key issues to be:

  • heights of developments
  • parking
  • traffic
  • building types
  • development
  • quality design guidelines.

We did

On 27 February 2018, we adopted the following shared, long-term vision for Bentleigh:

"Bentleigh will be an accessible, local shopping destination with a vibrant cafe and restaurant culture. It will maintain its community feel with open space, places for people to meet and gather and a broad range of local businesses, all of which will meet the needs of a diverse community."

This shared future vision guided the development of the Bentleigh Structure Plan 2018–2031. Its critical milestones for the present and future are to:

  • reduce development pressure in residential streets
  • develop a new ‘eat street’ to create a grid of public spaces instead of a strip
  • address future car parking needs.



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