We're improving Swan Street
Swan Street is the heart of Richmond’s dining and entertainment precinct, and a special place for locals and visitors alike.
We want to make sure it stays a great place to work, visit and live, so we've created a new draft Streetscape Masterplan for the area.
The draft masterplan looks at improving the public spaces along Swan Street, from Punt Road to Birrarung (the Yarra River).
About the draft Streetscape Masterplan
The draft masterplan includes many suggestions for improving the public spaces along Swan Street and its surrounds.
This includes things like:
- better footpaths
- more trees and landscaping
- outdoor dining and seating
- new public art
- more bike parking
- new kerb outstands (wider footpaths at the intersecting side streets)
- better connections to public transport
- improved safety and accessibility for pedestrians.
It also provides suggestions for several new and bigger public spaces in the precinct and improvements to laneways and the railway bridge.
The streetscape masterplan only looks at public land (owned and managed by Yarra Council) along Swan Street and its surrounds. This includes things like the Swan Street footpaths and street spaces on adjacent local roads.
The masterplan doesn't consider the transport and traffic function of Swan Street (the road space used by moving vehicles), as the road is managed by VicRoads.
It doesn't extend to land owned by public transport authorities, like train stations and tram stops.
It also does not consider development on private land, icnluding building heights.
Thanks for your feedback!
Thank you to everyone who shaped the draft masterplan. We received over 120 pieces of feedback, including survey responses and chats at our pop-ups in November.
In brief, some of the things we heard included:
- Overall support for the major proposals
- Concerns about potential removal of car parking spaces
- You want more trees and greenery
- You’d like to see more artwork, including First Nations representation and diversity of artists
- Support for more and energy-efficient lighting, including on side streets
- You want more consistent/even footpaths, with balanced uses (like outdoor dining)
We’re currently reviewing your feedback in detail and updating the masterplan to reflect your views. We’ll share a full engagement report, alongside the final masterplan, with you in early 2022.
Timeline item 1 - complete
April to May 2021
We're asking for your general ideas and feedback about Swan Street.
Timeline item 2 - complete
Developing draft streetscape masterplan
We're reviewing and using your feedback to develop a draft streetscape masterplan for Swan Street.
Timeline item 3 - active
Your thoughts on the draft Streetscape Masterplan
October / November 2021
We'll ask for your feedback on the draft streetscape masterplan to make sure it reflects your ideas and priorities and we haven't missed anything important.
Timeline item 4 - incomplete
Finalising streetscape masterplan
We'll use your feedback to finalise the streetscape masterplan for council adoption.
Timeline item 5 - incomplete
Streetscape masterplan goes to council
The streetscape masterplan will be considered by council for formal adoption.
Timeline item 6 - incomplete
We'll start implementing the streetscape masterplan.