A number of key elements are present today at Merrifield leading towards the establishment of a city of significant proportion. Strategic transport planning has highlighted the area as a legible junction of major freeway systems. The land adjacent to the Hume Highway which is a designated employment zone will be one
significant part of the development of Merrifield City. Ultimately, the components of the city’s infrastructure will combine to create a
consolidation of civic and mercantile activities.
The natural setting of the proposed city is characterised by its valley setting, a peri-urban threshold between greater Melbourne and the adjoining regional towns. The high volumes of traffic passing through the city will be accommodated by systems formulated as a result of analysis of examples from inner Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The masterplan investigation revealed the capacity to bring together a diverse array of town centre activities, employment, educational facilities, civic spaces, and core retail outlets into a staged model for condensed mixed-use growth. Contemporary street based urban design has been incorporated, using a distorted grid structure. The resultant multiplicity of public places and precincts establishes a high quality, sustainable plan
for a new city.