Amendment C133 - Newport Structure Plan and Heritage Gap Study

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About the amendment

Amendment C133 is proposed to make changes to local policy, zones, and overlays within the Hobsons Bay Planning Scheme to implement the recommendations of the Newport Structure Plan (NSP) and Inner Newport Heritage Gap Study.

Newport Structure Plan

The Newport Structure Plan(PDF, 52MB) is a strategic planning document that provides a long-term vision to guide land use changes, public spaces and buildings in Newport. The key components of the NSP include:

  • project overview
  • key influences
  • key issues, constraints and opportunities
  • structure plan framework comprising of objectives, strategies and actions
  • implementation

Inner Newport Heritage Gap Study

The Inner Newport Heritage Gap Study(PDF, 9MB) was commissioned to identify any sites of heritage significance within the Newport Structure Plan area that are not currently covered by a Heritage Overlay. The study area was extended beyond the structure plan boundary to include buildings of a similar historic period to the west.

The study recommends that precincts HO23 and HO22 be updated to add additional properties and recommends the creation of a new heritage overlay (HO322) on Mason Street that relates to properties associated with the Christ Church.

For further information please visit Participate Hobsons Bay or view the full set of amendment documents at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website



Amendment C133 was publicly exhibited for six weeks from 30 June 2022 to 12 August 2022. During the exhibition period Council officers held community drop-in sessions to allow people to hear more about the amendment. A total of 37 submissions were received. 


Planning Panel 

A planning panel was held to hear submissions on Amendment C133 in December last year. This panel hearing ran for three and a half days from Friday 2 December 2022 to Thursday 8 December 2022.  

Planning Panels Victoria has now released their Panel Report dated 5 January 2023.

You can view the panel report at the Department of Transport and Planning website via this link. You can also view the document in hard copy at the Council offices at 115 Civic Parade, Altona and the Newport Hub at 11-13 Mason Street, Newport during office hours.


Next steps

Council must consider the Panel’s recommendations when determining whether to adopt or abandon the amendment. It is anticipated that the amendment will be brought back to Council for adoption in March 2023. 

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