Lilydale Quarry Redevelopment

Latest update

Planning Panels Victoria have advised that the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) Standing Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider submissions to Draft Amendment C193: Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan, which was released by the VPA for public comment in November/December 2020. A total of 57 submissions were received.

The Committee will hold a Directions Hearing on Thursday 22 April 2021 to consider administrative matters and the Public Hearing will commence Monday 31 May 2021.

Anyone who made a submission will have received an email from Planning Panels Victoria which includes an invitation to attend the Directions Hearing and information on how to register their interest to participate in the Hearing and/or raise any questions about the process.  

About the redevelopment 

The Lilydale Quarry also known as Cave Hill Quarry is approximately 163 hectares in size. The Quarry is located next to Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale Lakeside Campus.

The limestone quarry ceased operations in 2015. In 2017 there was a change in ownership from Sibelco Australia to a Consortium (Intrapac Property, in joint venture with Bayport Group and Hume Partners).

Development of the quarry site is occurring in stages. A planning permit was issued by the Minister for Planning in 2014 to support new residential housing on a 20 hectare parcel fronting Hull Road and the current owners have commenced subdivisional works that will realise in the order of 200 lots.

The owners are also continuing to invest in the balance of the site and are in the process of backfilling the quarry pit with the existing overburden on the site and have prepared a draft planning scheme amendment C193 that seeks to rezone the remaining 143 hectares to facilitate the redevelopment of the land. The draft amendment seeks to rezone the land to a Comprehensive Development Zone and associated Comprehensive Development Plan to facilitate a mixed use development comprising in the order of 3,000 dwellings, retail and commercial uses, public open space and community facilities.

Over the past 2 years the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has been assisting Council and the developer in preparing the planning scheme amendment. Following an announcement by the Minister for Planning of his intention to fast track consideration of the Lilydale Quarry Precinct, the VPA will now lead the finalisation of the planning scheme amendment before it is released for community feedback.

At its meeting held 8 September 2020, Council considered the draft planning scheme amendment and the expanded role of the VPA. A copy of the Council agenda and minutes are available on the links below.

Further information on the redevelopment of the Lilydale Quarry site and the VPA’s role and processes is also available on the VPA website link below.