What is a Masterplan and how is it proposed to be implemented?
A Masterplan is a high-level strategic document that reflects the long-term plan for an area. It provides a vision and framework for how an area can grow and develop.
Masterplans assist to inform the community of what change is expected in an area including but not limited to land use and development, transport and parking, building and urban design, heritage, character, employment and open spaces.
What is in the Masterplan for Revitalising Central Dandenong (RCD) Sites 11-15?
Capital Alliance’s Masterplan vision is to restore central Dandenong as the capital of Melbourne’s southeast. Through strategic urban design, it aims to create and foster a thriving precinct for the community that will complement the existing urban fabric and pay homage to Dandenong’s diverse cultural diaspora.
Our objectives are to:
- Revitalise Central Dandenong.
- Future-proof Central Dandenong.
- Revitalise Little India.
- Create an 18-hour precinct, which is active and vibrant from early morning to late evening, providing day and evening experiences through a diverse and complimentary range of land uses to activate and sustain throughout the hours of operation.
- Work with industry leaders to enable a design-led approach to urban development in Central Dandenong.
- Improve existing streetscape, landscape, and transport networks.
- Implement key sustainability initiatives.
- Create great public realm spaces.
- Establish a dedicated a community hub that increases social inclusion.
- Create jobs.
- Improve economic prosperity, through better access to services, education and employment.
- Provide a range of residential and business options and opportunities.
Is there a defining industry or service that Revitalising Central Dandenong wants to be known for, or instantly associated with?
The Masterplan has been developed to represent leading outcomes in urban design and urban renewal through strategic design and planning from industry experts. The vision of the Masterplan is to deliver a mixed-use development to transform central Dandenong into a vibrant and thriving economic hub that will be known as the “CBD of the south-east”.
Capital Alliance envisages RCD Sites 11 to 15 will be known as a place where the whole community can live, work and play – in a self-sustaining environment that utilises the concept of an 18-hour day-and-night activation.
The vision for the Masterplan also incorporates leading sustainability initiatives, informed by its Green Star Communities rating.
Were there alternative design options developed and considered? How was this option tested?
The draft Masterplan is the result of an extensive, consultative design process, through which many options were developed and tested, with inputs from a range of stakeholders. This draft Masterplan was informed by the area’s planning context and current urban conditions.
How is safety considered in the design for access from Dandenong Station to services in the RCD project area?
Supporting safety is a primary project objective. This will be achieved through passive surveillance, such as active building frontages (new buildings with active retail, hospitality, commercial and residential uses that visually interact with the footpath – through windows, shop fronts and entrances), clever use of lighting, and new development that attracts more people to the area. As more residents and businesses move to the area, this will create many more walking trips, particularly to and from Dandenong Station, which will improve pedestrian safety in the area (perceived and actual).
RCD Sites 11 to 15 is an opportunity to transform the precinct into a contemporary, clean, and attractive place, throughout the day and night, by curating the area with a variety of attractions that complement the surrounding precincts. This will support a sense of safety and vibrancy.