The main characteristics of this setting type include the City skyline, Williamstown and St. Kilda. Cultural influences are most significant where the construction of a multitude of structures has resulted in changes such as the extensive removal of natural vegetation, predominantly modified drainage patterns and major modifications to sediment movement through sea walls and groynes.
The major view points are: Point Gellibrand, Nelson Place, Scienceworks, the Strand, Westgate Bridge, Princes and Station Piers, Beaconsfield Parade, Upper Esplanade, Point Ormond, beaches, restaurants and cafes, marinas and boat harbours to mention just a few.
The beaches are typically dominated by seawalls and groynes with some dune vegetation and extensive streetscape planting of palm trees.
- Developments should relate to the scale and character of existing structures. This will be heavily influenced by the large number of structures located in the hinterland.
- Urban design planning controls that address height, visual integration, design outcomes etc should be established for this precinct.
- Establish visual harmony with existing structures in those locations where historic buildings exist.
- In some areas extensive landscaping is also necessary to reinforce historical themes.
- The value of habitat conservation/reconstruction, ecotourism and natural area interpretation should be recognised and enhanced where appropriate.
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