Neighbourhood character study
The aim of the Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Character Study (NCS) is to ensure that residential development respects and enhances the future preferred character of the city. The study describes the character, and contains design guidelines for each part of the city.
The character of Hobsons Bay ranges from the beach side or coastal areas, to the historic areas, to the garden dominated suburbs. The Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Character Study describes the key characteristics and the preferred neighbourhood character of each part of the City, developed with input from the community, using words and pictures. It goes on to translate these variations in character into design guidelines which are to be used in formulating and assessing development proposals.
Review of the NCS
A new Neighbourhood Character Study is currently being developed. One of the catalysts for doing this piece of work is the introduction of the New Residential Zones. A new Neighbourhood Character Study is important in providing direction on the appropriate location of these new zones. You can find out more by visiting participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/neighbourhoodcharacter
The NCS defines areas in the City
The study defines a total of 42 precincts in the city. The precincts were defined on the basis of consistent style and era of development, and the relationship of dwellings to the streetscape and landscape in different parts of the city.
The Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Character Study was conducted with considerable input from Hobsons Bay residents and a committee of community representatives including design and development professionals.
Table 1. The Character Description covers the above criteria.
Table 2. Design guidelines have been created for each precinct and cover the above elements.
NCS North Character Precincts
The North Neighbourhood Character Precincts include Newport, Spotswood, South Kingsville, Altona North and Brooklyn.
North Character Precincts
NCS South Character Precincts
The South Neighbourhood Character Precincts include Altona and Seaholme.
South Character Precincts
NCS East Character Precincts
The East Neighbourhood Character Precincts include Williamstown, Williamstown North and part of Newport.
East Character Precincts
NCS West Character Precincts
The West Neighbourhood Character Precincts include Altona Meadows, Laverton and Seabrook.
West Character Precincts