The City of Yarra has 21 Local Area Place Making (LAPM) areas, or neighbourhoods.

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LAPMs are reviewed once a decade

The City of Yarra reviews 2-3 LAPM areas each year, which means it takes roughly ten to fifteen years to review all 21 LAPMs. Each LAPM is typically allocated a budget of $300k-$400k to manage traffic, increase safety and improve streetscapes, although LAPM 3 Scotchmer received $1.9m. The priority for upcoming LAPMs can be viewed on the City of Yarra website. The next to be reviewed are:

Design suggestions

Streets Alive Yarra collates ideas and suggestions from residents and ratepayers for how LAPM neighbourhoods can be improved:

Neighbourhoods can also be centred around shopping & market streets, or major transport hubs:

Improving the LAPM policy & process

Streets Alive Yarra suggests that the LAPM policy and process can be improved by:

  • reviewing all 21 LAPMs in each 4-year term of Council,
  • returning the income from parking permits, meters and fines in that LAPM area to infrastructure improvements in that LAPM area (in other words, allocate each LAPM review an average budget of $2m), and
  • using a citizens’ jury to work through how best to use our limited, and contested public space.

Our full submission is available as a PDF to download:

Contact us to be a champion

Do you have ideas how to improve the streets in your neighbourhood? We can publish your ideas so that they can be seen by your neighbours. We’re looking for a champion for each LAPM area – contact us to join our growing list of champions.