The Information Session of 15 July 2021 provided the community with an opportunity to hear from experts about urban design, new plantings and trees, landscaping, traffic, biodiversity, open space, stormwater management and housing styles.

The session included a questions and answers section and the 1-hour video recording can be viewed here.

Additional information for some of the answers provided at the event and for several questions that were unable to be answered on the night can be found below.

Questions + Answers

Q: How will the new development help the shopping strip of the village?

An additional 823 households in Dingley Village creates extra demand for products and services from local businesses. From accountants to window cleaners, cafes, dry cleaners and others will experience more customers walk through the door.

An estimated annual retail expenditure of $22.5 million will be generated within the City of Kingston, and an additional 150 retail jobs supported annually within the municipality.

Q: What amenity has been included to benefit Dingley Village residents?

The community will have access to 14 hectares of open space (about the same area to eight MCG playing fields). There will be green linear reserves along many boundaries of the new neighbourhood providing 6km of walking and cycling paths, landscaped with grasses, trees and shrubs to provide peaceful green connections between the established and new neighbourhoods. In many places, these will be around 20m wide. Many existing small pocket parks that currently interface with the new neighbourhood will be expanded – some will be almost twice as big.

A large new park for the whole community to enjoy will be a key feature. This park will be big enough for recreational spork, picnics and barbecues, along with an all access adventure playground. A natural amphitheatre design will support outdoor community theatre, open air concerts and gatherings.

Around 850 trees currently on the site will be retained and 2685 new trees will be planted meaning there will be 10% more trees on the site than there is currently.

Q: Will the entire site be developed at 3 storeys in height?

The General Residential Zone (GRZ) is proposed to be applied across the whole site and cannot be applied in a piecemeal manner. A restriction of 2 storeys height limit will be applied to titles for lots immediately located on the boundary. Zoning to build up to 3 storeys does not mean that everyone will want to. Three storey construction only becomes economical for townhouse development and townhouse lots have been typically located away from the boundaries, overlooking parks and wetlands. The proposed master plan allows for about 50% of the lots to be developed for townhouses.

Q: What is the density of the site?

The proposal provides for around 16 homes for each hectare that is to be developed, which compares to similarly sized areas of Dingley Village where there are about 13-14 homes per hectare. The proposed density is modest when compared to other new neighbourhoods in Melbourne key growth areas where densities range between 17-24 homes per hectare.

Q: What is the range of sizes for the private blocks?

There will be a 50:50 mix of free-standing dwellings and townhouses. This will provide improved housing diversity for a wide range of future residents, including first home buyers and downsizers. No apartments have been planned for the site.

The range of lot size can be ascertained from the exhibited Plan of Subdivision located at: Golf Course Advisory Committee (planning.vic.gov.au)

Q: When will the formal traffic impact analysis be available for review?

All documents relating to the planning application can be found on the State Government’s planning website Golf Course Advisory Committee (planning.vic.gov.au). Alternatively, you can contact the project team to receive any report directly.

Q: Will parking and traffic be adequate? Is there a permit for reduced parking?

Kingston Council and VicRoads standards have guided designs to accommodate existing and future traffic conditions. Independent assessment  demonstrates that the existing road network has the capacity to accommodate the traffic generated by the proposed development.

The careful placement of new residential streets will minimise the impact of increased traffic to Dingley Village. The internal road network has been designed with a main central boulevard road that will collect vehicles from the new streets and direct them to the main entry on Centre Dandenong Road or north to Spring Road.

Residents will have on-site car parking consistent with the requirements of the local Planning Scheme and internal roads are designed to allow for additional roadside parking, mitigating need for anyone to park on the nature strips.

The only application for reduced car parking is for the proposed temporary display village car park, located on the Centre Dandenong Rd entrance.

Q: Will there be room for buses and emergency vehicles?

The proposed road network has been designed to accommodate buses along the boulevard connecting Centre Dandenong Rd with Spring Rd. The local streets have been designed to accommodate emergency vehicles and other vehicles including delivery and garbage trucks.

Q: How much of the open space is usable?

The Kingston Planning Scheme has a requirement for the proposed development to provide 8% open space.

The Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes has a requirement to provide a minimum of 20% open space.

The proposed development of the site offers 26% open space in total which exceeds the requirements of both the Kingston Planning Scheme and Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes.

Q: Will social housing be part of the development?

The project proposes to integrate affordable housing throughout the new neighbourhood, not social housing. Affordable housing will be targeted at key workers, whose definition encapsulates workers across the broader public sector; support / ancillary workers in healthcare, education and emergency services; workers who support the labour force (e.g. child care and aged care workers and ICT support professionals and technicians); and, workers who are important for local economies, such as hospitality and retail workers. All affordable houses will be required to meet the same building design standards as every other home within the new neighbourhood, at a cost subsidised by the developer. This will ensure affordable housing is indistinguishable from any other home.

Q: How many trees will be retained?

The new proposal retains 851 trees, compared to the 341 in the previous proposal. The planting of a further 2,685 trees will mean the new neighbourhood will have nearly 900 more trees than when it was a private golf course. The majority of the retained trees will be located within public open space rather than individual private lots. Most planted trees will be native in origin.

Q: When will lots be released for sale?

Until such time the project is approved for development, a launch date for the commencement of sales and marketing activities cannot be planned. However, we are taking expressions of interest from groups and individuals interested in buying. This will enable us to provide you with further information closer to a sales launch date. Please register your interest via the Contact Us page.

Q:Will a Primary School or High School be part of the development?

The opening of the Keysborough Gardens Primary School in early 2020 should ease the current pressure on local Dingley Village Primary Schools. The opening of the Keysborough Gardens Primary School will see the relatively high enrolment demand generated from neighbouring suburbs of Keysborough for the two local primary schools in Dingley Village decline over the coming years. It is estimated that the proposed development when completed will generate approximately 100 additional Government Primary School enrolments. It is anticipated that the demand for primary school placements once the development is completed should offset the excepted decline in demand as a result of opening Keysborough Gardens Primary.

Any expansion of the existing schools or opening of a new school must be decided by the Department of Education and Training. It is anticipated that approximately 80 additional Government Secondary School enrolments will be generated by the end of the development. Any capacity constraints at catchment schools will need to be assessed with the Department of Education and Training, which will first assess if existing facilities need to be expanded.