Fitzroy Gasworks

Project Overview

The Fitzroy Gasworks site at 433 Smith Street, Fitzroy North, is owned by the State Government and has been declared surplus land. In July 2018, the site was rezoned from Public Use Zone to Mixed Use Zone and Public Use Zone. Development Victoria is now investigating the redevelopment of the site to rejuvenate this iconic inner urban site to offer a range of positive outcomes for the Fitzroy community.

The Fitzroy Gasworks site meets the Victorian Government's objective of delivering vibrant neighbourhoods, thriving shopping strips and affordable housing that is close to jobs, services, and transport options. It contributes to broader objectives including:

  • Growing the population within a fixed urban growth boundary
  • Protecting the green wedges
  • Ensuring there are more jobs closer to where people live
  • Better transport and stronger activity centres
  • Better planned new communities in our growth corridors; and
  • Integrated public transport, infrastructure investment and land use planning

Community and stakeholder feedback has been used, along with other technical and commercial information, to develop a concept master plan for the site. Development Victoria will continue to work with the community as the project progresses to get the best outcome for the site and neighbourhood.

To find out more contact fitzroy.gasworks@development.vic.gov.au or call 1800 560 822.


Planning Scheme Amendment to rezone the Fitzroy Gasworks site - 19 July 2018

The Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne, has approved a Planning Scheme Amendment to rezone the Fitzroy Gasworks site on 19 July 2018.

The Amendment rezones the Fitzroy North Former Gasworks Site from Public Use Zone (PUZ1 and PUZ6) to Mixed Use Zone and Public Use Zone (PUZ2), inserts a new Development Plan Overlay Schedule (16) into the Yarra Planning Scheme and assigns the Minister for Planning as the responsible authority for this site.

The Development Plan Overlay establishes various land uses, provides parameters for the development, and outlines the key documents and processes to be adopted in preparing the Development Plan. 

For more information about the rezoning announcement visit: https://engage.vic.gov.au/glsac/t17.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Clean Up Notice on the former Gasworks site and works have been initiated to address the requirements of this notice. Enviropacific has recently been appointed to complete remediation of the site under the supervision of an EPA accredited auditor. Remediation works will be completed across the former gasworks and Council depot sites, that are both affected by contamination. 

Remediation of the former Fitzroy Gasworks site involves three main phases (Phase 1A, Phase 1B and Phase 2), which are outlined below.

• Phase 1A: Development of a Draft Strategy (complete)
(June-August 2018)

Phase 1A set the foundation for the project through preparation of the draft Remediation Action Plan (RAP) and the analysis of data from prior investigations to develop a Data Gap Analysis (DGA) report. Preparatory planning documents, including a draft Asset Protection Plan, draft Cultural Heritage Management Plan and a draft Interim Works Plan (outlining the site conditions at the completion of the remedial works) were developed as part of Phase 1A.

An independent EPA auditor was appointed to verify and approve the remediation, certifying the final condition of the site is suitable for the future land-use.

• Phase 1B: Site Investigation and Strategy Finalisation (complete)
(September-December 2018)

During Phase 1B, Enviropacific conducted additional site investigation and developed a finalised remedial strategy with an associated program of works.

• Phase 2: Remediation Works
(Early 2019- Mid 2021)

Phase 2 represents the commencement of remediation works, which will include demolition of buildings and concrete slabs; excavation and removal of soil; and the transfer of soil to an approved processing facility.

The Valve House will be retained due to its historical and cultural significance. The Porter Prefabricated Iron Store is required to be removed from its current location to allow for site remediation works.

Once complete, remediation activities will ensure that the site can be safely developed in the future, achieving soil and groundwater quality that is suitable for a mixed-use development, mitigating and/or managing residual soil vapour, protecting the existing community, along with the future residents that may one day live on the site.

Enviropacific will work with the community and key stakeholders to provide information on the works, upcoming activities, and respond to any questions regarding the remediation process.

To find out more information, visit www.enviropacific.com.au/fitzroygasworks and check out the FAQ's on this page.  

An example of remedation works underway

 

  • Community engagement - Vision

    June 2016 - Project visioning

  • Rezoning application

    December 2017 - Rezoning application submitted

  • Community engagement - Concept Master Plan

    Late 2017 - Feedback on Concept Master Plan

  • Rezoning application approved

    19 July 2018 - Site rezoned to Mixed Use Zone and Public Use Zone (PUZ2)

  • Remediation - Phase 1

    Mid 2018 - Phase 1 remediation work begins

  • Remediation - Phase 2

    Early 2019 - Phase 2 remediation works anticipated 

  • Community engagement - Development Plan

    Mid to late 2019 - Engagement on Development Plan

  • Remediation

    Early 2021 - Remediation works completed 

  • Construction

    Early 2021 - Construction begins