Changes to zoning and development laws to enhance environmental sustainability are part of a proposed 30-year-plan for Southbank by the City of Melbourne.
The Draft Southbank Structure Plan 2010 includes changes to zoning and development controls to allow residents and workers to be closer to local shops and services given Southbank is predicted to accommodate up to 74,000 residents and 56,000 workers by 2040.
The plan also outlines new planning guidelines that consider an individual building’s impact on the overall streetscape and how each building can meet prescribed environmental standards. Further proposed changes include: Bicycle lanes to be installed along the length of City Road, Sturt Street, Southbank Boulevard and Coventry Street Investigating the removal of trams along Kingsway and installing bicycle paths instead New parkland to be created at Grant Street and near the CityLink exit.
Work will begin this August to install a community library and child and maternal health services on the site of the former J. H. Boyd Girls High School on City Road to form the second of these community hubs.
The third would focus on an area behind the Arts Centre at the intersection of Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard. The draft plan also identifies the need for a primary and secondary school to be established in Southbank.