Consultation begins for the Monash Employment Cluster

The Metropolitan Planning Authority has turned to the combined areas of Huntingdale, Clayton, Mulgrave, Notting Hill and Springvale; this area has been dubbed the Monash Employment Cluster.

Consultation has now kicked off ahead of changes to planning rules across commercial and industrial land that aims to encourage development in order increase jobs and services throughout the area.

A Victorian Government media release talks of the broader Monash area having the capacity to draw more investment through smart planning, improved amenities and better transport connections in addition to new plans that will encourage more cafes, hotels, services and entertainment to be built in the east as well as cycle ways and pedestrian links.

Map of the employment cluster from the MPA's brochure

We are changing the planning rules for the broader Monash area with input from the community so there is a long-term plan for jobs growth in place. Well-planned employment clusters give people living in the middle and outer suburbs good access to jobs close to where they live and also increases local services.

Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning

The MPA-driven website has four draft principles and ideals: create better places to work and do business, better connections within the south east corridor, better connect people to places in Monash employment cluster and support a greener and more attractive place with better community services.

The Monash Employment Cluster is currently underpinned by Monash University, with surrounding commercial and research uses also prevalent. Testament to the popularity of the area is Frasers Property's 211 Wellington Road development which has seen a rapid uptake and delivery of various commercial buildings over a 3.47 hectare site, with the latest commercial build seen below.

These commercial builds are in addition to Monash University itself which has rolled a out a string of major developments on campus in recent years.

Frasers Property has found success with 211 Wellington Road

The first upcoming event on May 4th will be a Monash Business and Investment Seminar and Networking event and there is an online survey seeking responses from the community on their thoughts and ideas for the Monash Employment Cluster. The survey closes on May 31st 2016.

Public engagement on the draft framework plan is expected during early 2017 and implementation in mid 2017.


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