Amendment C244 - Pakenham Activity Centre Parking Overlay

Amendment C244 (Pakenham Parking Overlay) was approved by the Minister for Planning and came into operation in the Cardinia Planning Scheme on 14 November 2019.  View copies of the approved Amendment C244 documents on DELWP's website.

Following an exhibition period from October to November 2018, a modified version of the Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan (May 2018) was adopted by Council in June 2019, in response to community feedback.

Amendment C244 implements the objectives of the Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan (June 2019) by applying the Parking Overlay to Pakenham’s central business area (Pakenham Activity Centre).

Amendment C244 was on exhibition from 4 October 2018 to Tuesday 6 November 2018. Council considered all submissions and on 18 February 2019 resolved to refer the amendment to an independent planning panel. Refer to item 1 of the meeting minutes.

The Panel held a Directions Hearing on 22 March 2019 which was attended by Council officers but no submitters. On 1 April 2019, Planning Panels Victoria advised Council that the Panel would consider all submissions and Council’s response to those submissions ‘on the papers’ as the submitters has not made a request to be heard. Accordingly, no Panel Hearing was held.

The amendment details and a copy of the Panel Report can be found on the Amendment C244 page on the DELWP website.

A report requesting adoption of the amendment went to Council. Read Item 2 of the 17 June 2019 Council meeting minutes.

  • The Parking Overlay allows Council to collect a financial contribution from commercial and business landowners in Pakenham’s central business area who apply for, and are issued with, a planning permit to waive or reduce car parking spaces on their property.
  • If a landowner is not issued with such a permit, then no financial contribution is required to be paid.
  • This amendment does not apply to residential properties.
  • All cash-in-lieu funds collected by the responsible authority must be utilised on any of the following public parking projects contained in the Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan (June 2019):
    • Action 7: Upgrade to the Council owned James Street Car Park as Stage 1 (ensuring that the any upgrade allows for the development of the site for commercial, at the ground floor, providing for decked car parking on top) lighting improvements and ongoing maintenance.
    • Action 8: Upgrade to the Council owned Drake Place car park, undertaking lighting improvements and ongoing maintenance.
    • Action 9: Progress conceptual planning and design for the James Street and Drake Place car park sites and prepare cost estimates for financial contributions.
    • Action 10: Deliver improved access to public transport, pedestrian connections and wayfinding signage, cycling paths and lanes, and end of trip facilities.

Amendment C244:

  • amends Clause 21.04 - Economic development to insert the Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan (June 2019) as a reference document.
  • introduces Clause 45.09 - Parking Overlay and a schedule to the Parking Overlay (Schedule 1).
  • introduces new Parking Overlay maps (Map No.s 14PO, 15PO, and 17PO).
  • amends the Schedule to Clause 72.03

As Pakenham Activity Centre develops, it is important to make sure there are enough car spaces to meet demand.

The Parking Overlay will help us improve existing public car parking spaces and provide additional car parking facilities to meet future demands.

We also plan to install more wayfinding signs and increase awareness of car parking options in the Pakenham Activity Centre.

Land identified as having commercial and business capabilities within the Pakenham Activity centre is shown on this map.

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Pakenham town centre

How much is it?

$12,000 per car space. The rate will be adjusted on 1 July each year by applying the Building Price Index for Melbourne as given in the Rawlinson’s Australian Construction Handbook.

How was this figure calculated?

The Victorian Government’s Practice Note on the Parking Overlay specifies that Council can only require payment for car parking which reflects the cost of providing a car space.

This figure was determined by reviewing recent car park constructions, whilst keeping in mind that car parking in town centres is shared with users, and that it is important that the amount is appropriate to encourage development.

Email the Strategic Planning Team at or phone 1300 787 624.