Water tank site, Ivanhoe development

Places Victoria is developing a master plan to guide the development of the disused water tank site at 421 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe and we want you to join the conversation.

The 0.7 hectare tank site is owned by Yarra Valley Water. The water tank currently onsite was decommissioned in 2004 and the site has been declared surplus land by the Victorian Government.  

Places Victoria is investigating the potential revitalisation of the site in consultation with the site’s owner to provide much needed housing diversity in the Ivanhoe area, as well as improved public open space for the community. Places Victoria will produce a master plan for the site that will guide future development.  

The potential development provides an important opportunity to meet the needs of the growing population by increasing the quantity and diversity of housing available to people in the Ivanhoe-Heidelberg area.

As a State Government agency, Places Victoria is required to make a responsible and commercial return on the land, however we are also committed to ensuring any future development of the site is designed to a high standard and is sensitive to the site's neighbours.

Places Victoria recognises that the community would like improved and greater public open space in the area and will work with Banyule City Council and the community to explore options to incorporate this on the site. 

Community engagement

The first phase of engagement is now complete and Places Victoria wishes to thank the members of the Ivanhoe community who contributed their time and provided input, information and local knowledge. 

A total of 64 people provided feedback at community workshops, pop-up information sessions, during a door knock, or on the project’s digital engagement platform.

The key concerns you raised during the engagement process include:

Overshadowing and loss of sunlight to adjacent properties

Overlooking and associated loss of privacy for adjacent properties

Height, density and the impact on the area’s amenity and neighbourhood character

Access, traffic and parking impacts on local streets  

The growing need for improved public open space in the area

Loss of trees and habitat on site

Cumulative impacts of this and other developments in the local area.

The design reflecting the needs and aspirations of both current and future residents

The key themes that emerged during the engagement process include the need to reflect the areas rich history, heritage and amenity within the development; a desire for comfortable meeting spaces and well considered landscape design; improved connectivity and accessibility with surrounding areas; and the need for a sustainable community outcome. 

Further to these themes, participants provided detailed feedback on their needs and aspirations for spaces, furniture and assets in the site’s improved public open space

We are working closely with our architects to translate your feedback into a design that best meets the needs of current and future residents, within planning, economic and technical constraints.

The community engagement report is available here.

For more information about the project, these events or to provide feedback please contact us at ivanhoetanksite@places.vic.gov.au