Cardinia Road Employment Precinct Structure Plan

The Cardinia Road Employment Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is an incorporated document in the Cardinia Planning Scheme with the associated Amendment C130 being approved and gazetted on 4 November 2010.

Prepared by Council in conjunction with the Growth Areas Authority (GAA), government agencies, service authorities and major stakeholders, it marks an important step in delivering the jobs needed in Cardinia Shire and Casey, allowing people to work closer to home. It outlines a framework for the development of a 595 hectare mixed-use industrial and business park located at the heart of Cardinia Shire’s 2,500 hectare employment corridor.

The precinct will be a multi-functional regional employment node that delivers a range of jobs to Cardinia–Casey, interconnected with regional transport routes and rapidly growing communities.

An integrated business and industrial park and high density residential area, supported by a neighbourhood activity centre precinct, is set among extensive wetlands and biodiversity corridors. At full development, Cardinia Road Employment Precinct is expected to generate 18,500 jobs and will provide a major catalyst for attracting investment in the employment corridor.

The PSP provides for the development of infrastructure, such as roads, intersections, drainage, parks, paths, bridges and bus stops, as well as the necessary services to support urban development and will facilitate the development of:


  • offices in a campus-style business park setting
  • a mixed-use activity centre to support workers, residents and businesses
  • combined showroom and warehouse or workshop floorspace for light industrial uses in high-visibility locations
  • industrial areas with direct connections to arterial roads and the Princes Freeway
  • a niche-residential community, with approximately 2,000 dwellings that will be home to 4,500 people

Cardinia Road Employment Precinct development contributions

Development contributions for the precinct will be made by agreement under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 rather than a development contributions plan incorporated into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

The Section 173 Agreement contains an infrastructure project list which is based on detailed costings of each project. The list provides a summary of the costs of all projects to be funded by development and includes about $71 million of works. A per square metre contribution rate has been calculated for the precinct which is a flat rate for all types of developable land. By entering into the Section 173 Agreement, land owners will satisfy the need to make development contributions under the development contributions plan overlay.

Conservation Management Plan for Growling Grass Frog

Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) for nationally-significant species usually require approval by the Federal Government. However, the Federal and State governments have entered into a legally binding agreement, known as the Melbourne Strategic Assessment, that allows the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to approve CMPs where certain conditions are met. As a result, the Cardinia Road Employment Precinct Conservation Management Plan for Growling Grass Frog (PDF, 3.5Mb) was approved by DSE on 23 September 2010. This means that where development occurs in line with the approved CMP, separate approval from the Federal Government will not be needed in order for individual properties to be developed.

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