ACU will have our Melbourne Campus development case for 115/115B Victoria Parade and Young St carpark sites heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) late next month.
The purpose of our overall development plan for the campus is to:
increase the number of learning, collaborative and reflective spaces within the campus to accommodate both student and staff growth over the next 10 years
relocate and accommodate as many staff as possible within the campus rather than in leased accommodation .
In the first phase of our proposal, we plan to undertake the development of 115B Victoria Parade. This would include:
transforming the current ground level carpark at the corner of Napier Street and Victoria Parade to provide a 12-storey teaching and academic space with underground parking for 270 vehicles and increased spaces for student collaboration and recreation.
a pedestrian-focused campus hub, more open spaces, upgraded student amenities including green space and recreation facilities.
We decided to take our development proposal to VCAT in order to meet our projected needs for student, staff and researcher facilities.
This proposal was previously submitted to Yarra City Council on 28 October, following significant community information and discussions with councillors and council officers.
Those discussions resulted in substantial changes to the design including a reduction in height from 14 storeys plus plant to 12 storeys plus plant; increased setbacks to decrease visual impact; removal of a proposed road closure and air bridges; and protection of Dutch Elm trees along Napier Street.
Unfortunately, Council was unable to determine our application until well into 2017 at the very earliest and further delays would have posed an unacceptable risk to the University.
We continue to enjoy a strong working relationship with Yarra City Council and we thank all of those councillors and council officers with whom we have worked during the planning period. We also thank our near neighbours, who have engaged extensively with us. They have at all times been respectful and courteous, and are as passionate about this neighbourhood as we are.