Thanks for your feedback!

Based on the feedback you provided on the draft Highett Structure Plan in April/May this year, we have made changes to the Plan.

The final Highett Structure Plan was presented to Council for adoption at the Council meeting on 24 July 2018. At this meeting Council resolved to defer a decision for a period of two months. The final Structure Plan is scheduled to be presented to Council again on the 18th September 2018.

Have a look at the final Structure Plan and a summary of the changes that have been made as a result of your feedback. For more detailed information on what the community said, have a look at the Consultation Findings Summary Report.

Following adoption, a planning scheme amendment will be initiated to make changes to the Bayside Planning Scheme to implement the Plan. You will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the Planning Scheme as part of the amendment process.

Amendment process

Next steps - the amendment process

If you have any questions, please contact the Project Team on 9599 4635 or

The Highett Structure Plan sets out the long-term strategic vision and action plan for the area. Its role is to guide change in Highett over the next 20 years in relation to:

  • future land use
  • how people access and move around the area
  • types and heights of buildings
  • parks and open spaces
  • improvements to infrastructure
  • the character of the area
  • biodiversity and sustainability

The Highett Structure Plan was originally developed in 2004 and adopted in 2006. Since the Structure Plan was developed, land use and demographic change has occurred in Highett which means it is time to review and potentially make updates to the Structure Plan to ensure it remains current and relevant.

Melbourne’s population is expected to grow from current population levels of 4.5 million to almost 8 million by 2051. To ensure this growth is sustainable, the majority of this population is to be housed in Melbourne’s established suburbs, in ‘activity centres’ with good access to jobs, services and public transport.

For Bayside, this means the municipality’s population will grow by around 15,500 people from 2016 to 2036. This translates to approximately 1980 new residents in Highett during that time. As one of Bayside's main activity centres, Highett has had a Structure Plan in place since 2004 to strategically plan for this growth. The review of the Highett Structure Plan will provide the future planning framework for the area to ensure that the projected future population can be accommodated while retaining the key characteristics that make Highett a great place to live.

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As Melbourne’s population grows from 4.5 million to almost 8 million by 2051, it is expected that there will be approximately 13,190 new residents to Bayside by 2036.

To ensure this growth is sustainable, the majority of this population is to be housed in ‘activity centres’ with good access to jobs, services and public transport. In Bayside, our main activity centres include:

  • Bay Street, Brighton;
  • Church Street, Brighton;
  • Hampton Street, Hampton;
  • Sandringham Village;
  • Cheltenham (around the new Southland train station);
  • Hampton East; and
  • Highett.

These centres all have existing structure plans in place or are currently having them prepared. The expected number of new residents to each suburb is depicted in the graph below.