State Government's proposed changes to planning zones
The State Government has foreshadowed significant changes to Melbourne's residential planning zones in 2014.
In March 2013, Planning Minister Matthew Guy signalled the State Government's intention to replace exising residential zones in the Victorian Planning Scheme with three new residential zone types – the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, the General Residential Zone and the Residential Growth Zone.
The new zones replace the existing Residential 1, Residential 2 and Residential 3 zones.
The new zones came into operation on 1 July 2013, with Council given 12 months to introduce them into the local area – including the crucial decision about which of the new zones will be applied to specific areas in Yarra.
What are the new residential zones?
- The Neighbourhood Residential Zone is intended to provide a high level of protection for local neighbourhood character, including restrictions on lot subdivision and a mandatory eight metre height limit. It will recognise areas of predominantly single and double-storey residential character, and will limit opportunities for increased residential development.
- The General Residential Zone is designed to encourage 'moderate' growth and housing diversity in areas with good access to services and transport. A maximum building height and other built form requirements can be specified by Council in these zones.
- The Residential Growth Zone will be applied in areas which are appropriate for increased growth and density, and will support medium-density development in buildings up to and including four storeys, and some minor commercial uses to provide local services to residents.
Changes will also be made to some other existing zones – including the Mixed Use Zone, the Township Zone and the Low Density Residential Zone – to make them consistent with the new residential zones.
The new zones have emerged from recommendations of the Reformed Zones Ministerial Advisory Committee and from public consultation which occurred in the second half of 2012.
For more information on the zoning reforms, visit the Department of Planning and Community Development website.
How will the new zones be applied in Yarra?
In December 2013, Council received a report from officers presenting a draft map of how the new zones could be applied in Yarra, along with a discussion paper explaining the reasoning for how they had been applied.
Under the State Government's direction, Council must implement the new zones by July 2014.
The map and discussion paper can be viewed here:
Draft New Residential Zones Areas Map (126.63 KB)
New Residential Zones Discussion Paper (2.41 MB)
Have your say on the new zones
In February 2014, Council will undertake a month-long community consultation to gather feedback on the proposed distribution of the new zones.
Residents will be able to access a website to look up their property and check to see what zoning will be applied against it.
Council will also post out a brochure to every property in Yarra explaining what the zone changes mean and how different areas will be affected.
Feedback received during this consultation will be taken into account before the final map of new zones in Yarra is endorsed by Council and sent to the State Government for approval.
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