Chapel Street: Vision for the future

Daunting population estimates have prompted a City of Stonnington campaign to introduce permanent planning controls on Chapel Street.
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Stonnington Council’s Chapel reVision Structure Plan Draft was tabled at the last council meeting and calls for decreased building height limits at the low-lying Windsor end of Chapel Street, Greville Street, along Chapel Street and Toorak Road in South Yarra.

Building height limits on High Street, Prahran, will be increased and existing height limits at the Jam Factory, the Prahran Market and at Prahran’s Horace Petty public housing estate will be capped.

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The City’s bid to stunt growth in some areas and encourage growth in others comes as interim planning controls for the Chapel precinct are set to expire on October 31.

Stonnington Mayor Matthew Koce said the planning controls, which will be presented to the state planning minister, aim to improve liveability and accommodate a dramatic population and employment boost.

“The controls will direct higher buildings to certain areas within the centre, while directing lower building heights to sensitive locations such as Chapel Street in Windsor and Greville Street in Prahran,” Cr Koce said.

“This high level of development must be strictly managed in order to respect the essence of what makes the area so popular.”

But building heights are only part of the council’s plan to overhaul the Chapel Street precinct.

Shared pedestrian/vehicle zones with speed limits of 10km/h, right-hand turns banned between Toorak and Commercial Road, tram priority signals and “superstops” similar to High Street, Northcote, are all possibilities identified in the Chapel reVision Plan.

Paid and shortened on street car parking beyond 6pm to relieve the precinct’s exacerbated traffic conditions, multi-directional pedestrian crossings and a north-south bicycle route alongside the Sandringham train line are also on the cards.

According to a transport report tabled with the Chapel reVision plan, the Chapel Street precinct will accommodate 9200 workers and house an additional 6500 local residents by 2031.

The report estimates an additional train service carrying 500 passengers and four trams carrying a total of 450 passengers will be required by 2031.

Cr Koce said community consultation on Chapel reVision and the subsequent Chapel Street Masterplan, which is also still in draft stage, will continue.

“The Masterplan will guide the upgrades and new projects occurring along Chapel Street, and its aims are consistent with, and feed directly from, the vision and outcomes of Chapel reVision,” Mr Koce said.

For a full list of the proposed changes to the Chapel Street precinct go towww.stonnington.vic.gov.au

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