This is your opportunity to help shape the future vision, design and development in Warburton township and we are asking for your feedback on the draft Warburton Urban Design Framework (UDF).

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Come chat to us about the draft UDF!

We will be holding weekly drop in sessions, no appointments needed

Mechanics Hall, Arts Centre Warburton - 3409 Warburton Highway Warburton :

  • Wednesday 1 February - 1.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Monday 6 February - 1.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 14 February - 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 February - 10.00am to 2.00pm

For those unable to attend drop in sessions an online webinar will be held in February.

At the webinar Council staff will provide an overview of the Warburton UDF and answer questions.

A registration link for the webinar will be provided closer to the date in February 2023.

Have your say

Check out the draft UDF and tell us what you think


What is the UDF and what does is mean for Warburton?

The draft UDF includes design guidelines for new development and redevelopment of built form and streetscapes (the function, shape and configuration of buildings as well as their relationship to streets and open spaces) that protect the character of the Warburton townships. These guidelines can be translated into future Planning Scheme controls and updates to Design Development Overlay.

Through detailed analysis, the draft UDF aligns challenges and opportunities of the area and presents recommendations that can be characterised as:

  • Key development opportunities
  • Key movement routes and access
  • Key places

The UDF will assist Council’s decision making for development, infrastructure, and programs for Warburton township that aligns with community expectations, and industry best practice. The UDF will also guide Council’s ability to prioritise resources for the Warburton township area.

See below for a summary and full draft UDF as well as the document sections explained.

Check out the summary of the draft

The document is structured into the following sections:

  • Section 1 - Introduction

    Provides a design vision for Warburton, an overview of the project area, intended outcomes and the relationship of the draft with existing frameworks

    View Section 1 
  • Section 2 - Context

    Outlines current characteristics and planning controls around the centre of Warburton.

    View Section 2 
  • Section 3 - Analysis

    Breaks the Warburton Town Centre into four precincts based on issues and opportunities that impact the community’s experience of the Warburton Town Centre, and maps where these occur.

    View Section 3 
  • Section 4 - Frameworks

    Provides a framework for each precinct, embedding design solutions across different areas. It outlines the preferred development character of four precincts within central Warburton underpinned by high level design solutions to key issues, opportunities and built form guidelines

    View Section 4 
  • Section 5 - Places

    Concepts for key sites demonstrating possible design responses that will achieve the preferred character of Warburton

    View Section 5 
  • Section 6 - Actions and costings

    A summary of supporting actions to deliver on the vision and design concepts of each precinct's framework, along with estimated likely timeframes and costs for each.

    View Section 6 
  • Section 7 - Glossary

    Short explanations of commonly used place making, urban design, and planning terms.

    View Section 7 


The draft UDF applies to 55 hectares of commercial and public land that is focused around the Warburton Highway and the Yarra River which provide access to both town centres within Warburton. The draft UDF defines the area into four precincts based on similar opportunities, challenges and compementay land uses.

The three precincts play specific roles within Warburton which serves to cater for the existing and future local needs of the township :

Precinct 1 - Warburton Gateway

Precinct 2 - Yarra Town Centre

Precinct 3 - Warburton Recreation

Precinct 4 - La La Town Centre

Click on the buttons to learn more about the precincts.

An aerial view defining the boundary of the four proposed precincts


The draft UDF outlines concept designs for 15 key places within Warburton township.

Each conceptsseeks to achieve known community outcomes or improve the conditions of the existing space by providing an indication of what could be while allowing for other design solutions to still be possible.

Each project site will be subject to a future master planning process which depending on the complexity of the site, could include pre-planning, authority approvals and complex documentation. Further site specific community consultation will also take place.

No Council funding is committed to projects proposed within the draft UDF at this time. Any future funding will rely on streams including, but not limited to Council funding and available grants. Check the FAQ's for a more details on costs and funding.

Click on the star pins to learn about the 15 key design places.

An aerial view defining the boundary of the four proposed precincts and the places


Embedded in the draft UDF are 13 design principles, centred into four themes and underpinned but an all-embracing ‘Indigenous Design’ principle.

These principles provide a consistent approach to design practice and outcomes for the Warburton township. They have been derived from the Urban Design Charter for Victoria and Indigenous Design Charter.

  • Structure – the layout of the key uses in the precinct and site.
    • Structure & Connections
    • Continuity & Change
    • Fit & Function

  • Public Realm - the allocation of key features and use of materials throughout the precinct and site.
    • Sense of Place
    • Safety
    • Sensory Pleasure
    • Animation
    • Inclusiveness & Interaction

  • Movement and Access – how people and transport will move through the precinct and site.
    • Legibility
    • Accessibility

  • Built Form – the buildings and structures that occupy the precinct and site.
    • Complementary mixed uses
    • Consistency & variety

  • Indigenous Design - ensure that design interventions are conscious of and actively connect to the deep history of Aboriginal belonging on country and that the Indigenous voice is impactful on design outcomes, allowing the story of the land to continue in a contemporary and meaningful manner.