In November 2018, Council endorsed a Cultural Precinct Plan to inform future development and streetscape works.
Reallocation of public space
The current proposal to close Selwyn Street, in part and mid-block, to vehicular traffic is in line with Council’s endorsed Precinct Plan. This proposal will allow vehicles to enter and exit Selwyn Street from both Glenhuntly Road and Sinclair Streets, however vehicles will not be permitted to pass through due to the mid-block closure.
To consider the introduction of a mid-block closure, Council has given public notice advising of its intention to exercise certain traffic powers under the Local Government Act 1989. The public notice was published in:
- Caulfield Glen Eira Leader Newspaper
- Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader Newspaper
- Council’s website in the public notice section.
This public notice period, closed on Friday 22 March 2019, any persons in the community were able to make submissions in respect to this proposal.
A Special Council Meeting held on Thursday 11 April 2019 where interested parties had the opportunity to formally speak in support of their submission with respect to the proposal to introduce a mid-block closure to Selwyn Street.
At an Ordinary Council meeting held on 30 April 2019, Council will formally consider all submissions received during the stated public notice period.
How did we get here?
In 2000 Council resolved to exhibit Planning Scheme Amendment C11 – Urban Village Policy to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme. This Amendment makes several key policy statements about the cultural significance of the Selwyn Street area. Following recommendation made by an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning, the Amendment was gazetted and Selwyn Street was identified in the Glen Eira Planning Scheme as a cultural precinct.
Following a Planning Scheme Review in 2016 and through substantial community engagement the community expressed their vision for reinvigorated activity centres and as such, adopted the Planning Scheme Review Work Plan, with the key action to undertake structure planning for three of Glen Eira’s activity centres – including the development of the Elsternwick Structure Plan.
From 2016 through to Council’s adoption of Structure Plan in early 2018, Council undertook comprehensive community engagement to develop and endorse the Elsternwick Structure Plan. The Structure Plan sets out the long-term vision for the busy central Elsternwick area and establishes a strategic vision to establish a ‘new Cultural Precinct, centred around Selwyn Street.’
Building upon the strategic vision within the adopted Elsternwick Structure Plan, on 27 November 2018, Council endorsed a Precinct Plan for the creation of a Cultural Precinct within Selwyn Street.
The key elements of the Cultural Precinct include creating new, high quality civic spaces within the street, wide footpaths, a vehicle free pedestrian plaza that connects the institutions, community spaces and strategic sites within Selwyn Street, providing active cultural or community use frontages, opportunities to host events and functions and retail presentation.