Carnegie Structure Plan 2022

The Carnegie Structure Plan 2022 is a 15-year plan to manage growth and improvement for the Carnegie activity centre.

The Structure Plan enables us to plan for the population increase by accommodating new development with defined heights and setbacks while maintaining the historic character of the centre as its principal architectural feature.

The Carnegie Structure Plan 2022 replaces the Carnegie Structure Plan 2018–2031.

Local and state Governments can use structure plans to make decisions about developments, investments and infrastructure improvements. They can also help community members and developers understand what change is expected and allowed in certain areas.

Download the Carnegie Structure Plan 2022 [PDF 30Mb]

The vision of the Structure Plan includes:

“Carnegie to be a safe, connected and welcoming centre that embraces its authentic urban character and cultural identity. The centre will be a destination for entertainment, shopping and employment, and support a range of businesses and interconnected community spaces that meet the needs of the local community, providing a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future.”

The Structure Plan delivers on Council’s response to the climate emergency. In land use terms, it provides for sustainable growth by enabling higher density growth closer to shops, services and public transport. The Structure Plan also supports additional office and retail spaces that allows people to live closer to where they work, or work in a location with good public transport access.

In terms of tree canopy and urban cooling, it proposes a streetscape masterplan that will look at all opportunities to increase the tree canopy and increase water sensitive urban design.

In transport terms, increased development density close to good public transport reduces car dependence. The Structure Plan recognises the need for and supports improvements to the pedestrian environment to make walking a more attractive option. The Structure Plan will also improve cycling access to the centre.

The Structure Plan considers the centre’s future in relation to land use, sustainability, open space, heritage, transport and placemaking. It also delivers outcomes for Council in relation to other strategies, including Our Climate Emergency Response Strategy 2021–2025 (Dhumbali Wurrungi-Biik Parbin-Ata), the Integrated Transport Strategy, the Parking Strategy, the Urban Forest Strategy and the Open Space Strategy.

Current status

We adopted the updated Carnegie Structure Plan 2022 at our Council Meeting on 9 August 2022.

The Structure Plan and planning scheme amendment has now been authorised by the Minister for Planning and is now on exhibition.

You are invited to have your say by making a submission to the amendment by Friday 29 September 2023.



Consider submissions

Planning Panel hearing

Consider panel report


Council seeks authorisation to prepare amendment. 
Minster authorises amendment.

Community and stakeholders can make a written submission Council considers submissions and can abandon amendment or refer to an independent panel. Council presents its case. 
Submitters can presnt their case.
Council considers panel report. Panel can recommend changes, approval or abandonment. Council adopts the amendment and sends it to the Minster for final approval. It is gazetted and included in planning scheme if Minister approves it.

For more information on the plan, contact our City Futures Team on 9524 3333.

Interim planning controls

The Department of Transport and Planning has provided written confirmation that the interim Design and Development Overlays (DDOs) in Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick Major Activity Centres have been extended to 31 December 2024.

These interim DDOs provide ongoing height and setback controls for the Commercial and Mixed Use Zones in the three centres. The controls in Carnegie and Bentleigh are mandatory and in Elsternwick, they are discretionary. The interim DDOs have been in place since 2018 and extended five times. This most recent extension was granted because Council was able to demonstrate progress with our strategic planning work; in particular, the adoption of the Housing Strategy and preparation of the new structure plans.

To find out more on the Carnegie interim Design and Development Overlays, visit the Department of Transport and Planning's website.