Renewing Arden and Macaulay

The Arden and Macaulay urban renewal areas are located approximately two kilometres north-west of the central city, in North Melbourne and Kensington. Directly adjacent to the Moonee Ponds Creek, these renewal projects provide the opportunity for greater protection and connection to the lower Moonee Ponds Creek.


In 2012 the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan (PDF 47.11 MB) was released by City of Melbourne, identifying areas that will transition into sustainable living and working environments over the next 30 years. In 2016, Arden and Macaulay were separated into two projects, due to changes in the planning context.

City of Melbourne is leading the planning of Macaulay and they are in the process of creating a refreshed structure plan for the area.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working with the Victorian Government to plan for the future of Arden, an urban renewal precinct in inner north of Melbourne.

The Department of Transport (DOT), are coordinating the delivery of the Arden Precinct on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The VPA has prepared the Arden Structure Plan and its proposed implementation via the draft amendment C407melb to the Melbourne Planning Scheme.

Arden will be an employment and innovation precinct and thriving new neighbourhood for Melbourne’s inner north-west. It aspires to accommodate approximately 34,000 jobs and be home to around 15,000 residents.

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Public consultation on the Arden Structure Plan and Amendment C407melb

An Arden Structure Plan and its implementation via draft Amendment C407melb to the Melbourne Planning Scheme have been prepared to guide the Precinct’s development over the next 30 years. 

Public consultation commences on Monday 13th September, 2021. You’re invited to review the plans for Arden, register for an online information session, and have your say by making a written submission at

Contact: Chris Eales, Victorian Planning Authority

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