Interim planning controls for Elsternwick

After adopting the Carnegie, Elsternwick and Bentleigh Structure Plans, we applied for interim height controls to protect these centres while detailed permanent controls were being prepared.

We'd like to thank the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne for assuring the community that the amenity and vibrancy of these activity centres would be protected while we finished this work.

The interim protection reflected a lower building heights than the Glen Eira Planning Scheme currently allows. It also ensured that no inappropriate development occurred which would affect the integrity of our Structure Plans.

Interim mandatory heights in Bentleigh and Carnegie were approved as submitted to the Minister, and reflect our Structure Plans. A mandatory height cannot be exceeded and there's no chance to vary it, even through VCAT. However, a discretionary height is a ‘preferred’ height which can be varied and challenged at VCAT.

Discretionary heights

For Elsternwick, which previously had no height controls, Council’s request for mandatory heights have been approved by the Minister as discretionary heights:

  • heritage residential areas in Elsternwick: up to 2 storeys
  • section of heritage shops on Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick: up to 4 storeys
  • commercial end of Glen Huntly Road between Nepean Highway and the railway line in Elsternwick: up to 12 storeys
  • Selwyn Street, Elsternwick: our request for a mandatory 8-storey maximum height limit for buildings was approved as a discretionary maximum building height of 10 storeys. The changes to our request still compares favourably to the previous situation of no height controls for Elsternwick.

New interim planning controls for Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick Maps (PDF, 2MB)

Elsternwick Urban Renewal South Masterplan

These interim controls don't apply to the Urban Renewal South Area in Elsternwick. Future planning for this precinct is part of a separate process – referred to as the Elsternwick Urban Renewal South Masterplan. We've committed to a more detailed master planning process with further community engagement before settling on final controls for this precinct.

For more information or to get involved, visit the project page on the Have Your Say website.