Water tank site, Ivanhoe development
Places Victoria is working with the Ivanhoe community and other stakeholders to develop the Yarra Valley Water tank site at 421 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe. The development has the opportunity to activate an underutilised site to provide housing and open space in a well serviced precinct opposite a major employment hub. The development will include apartments of different sizes and value to meet the needs of the growing local community.
This uniquely located site offers an opportunity to deliver a range of outcomes for the local community including meeting changing housing needs and to delivering an increase in the size and quality of public open space.
Site investigation highlights the potential to more than double the size of the existing park on a premium area of the site to provide an outstanding open space that meets the needs of the existing community and provides a focus for the development.
Places Victoria will shortly commence engagement with the community and other stakeholders including Banyule City Council to introduce a master plan that reflects the outcomes of previous engagement activities. Following phase 2 engagement we will then produce a preferred master plan for the site to guide future development.
Phase 1: Community engagement
In 2016, Places Victoria engaged with stakeholders and the community to understand their aspirations and concerns regarding development of the site and how the new public open space could be developed.
A total of sixty-four people provided feedback via community workshops, pop-up information sessions, door knocks and the project’s digital engagement platform.
The key themes that were raised during phase one engagement and are reflected in the draft master plan include:
• Traffic, parking and access
• Overshadowing and overlooking
• Height and density
• Loss of trees and habitat on site
• Need for open space
• Cumulative impacts of development in the area
The community also felt the completed development should aspire to:
• Reflect the area’s rich history and heritage
• Consider amenity within the development
• Provide comfortable meeting spaces and well considered landscape design
• Improve connectivity and accessibility with surrounding areas
• Create a sustainable community outcome.
Places Victoria is actively working with the design team, acknowledging this impact as well as other considerations to develop a final master plan for the site.
The current draft master plan addresses:
• Appropriate set-backs, heights and density adjacent to existing properties;
• Adequate underground parking accessible from Upper Heidelberg Road only;
• A new and improved public open space within the development;
• Alterations to the development footprint, reducing the need to remove mature trees on site.
We will continue to work closely with Banyule City Council and the community to address any further considerations.
Phase 2: Community engagement
Phase 2 community engagement commenced in March 2017 with two community information sessions at which the draft master plan was discussed.
To view the draft master plan for the site click here. This master plan represents an initial response to community engagement and will continue to develop to reflect community input and technical advice.
You can also view project information and provide feedback through our online engagement platform here.
The Phase 1 Community Engagement Report is available here.
For more information about the project, community events or to provide feedback please contact us at