Submissions for Residential Zones – Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C179 have now closed. Updates are provided below.

A Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee was established by the State Government to review the submissions. A public hearing was held in September 2014 and the committee’s report on Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C179 was released on 19 March 2015.

View the report on the State government’s website.

Updates

A report will be presented to the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 8 March 2016 seeking endorsement of the submission to the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee.

You can view the meeting agenda and management reports and make a submission here.

March 4, 2016


The Victorian Government is reviewing the application of zones that provide residential development in Melbourne and Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe cities. The Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee was appointed to undertake the review.

The City of Melbourne encourages you to read the Residential State of Play Report which is being prepared for the Committee by a taskforce. The Report will be available by Friday 29 January 2016.

Submissions

You can make an online submission directly to the Government at the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 29 February 2016.

Contacts

For information about the taskforce:

Jessica Cutting, Senior Project Manager, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Phone: 03 8392 6411
Email: jessica.cutting@delwp.vic.gov.au

For information about the Advisory Committee:

Andrea Harwood, Senior Project Officer at Planning Panels Victoria
Phone: 03 8392 6744

Email: andrea.harwood@delwp.vic.gov.au

January 6, 2016


The Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC) mostly supported the approval of Amendment C179 as drafted by the City of Melbourne. The main differences between their recommendations and the amendment as approved by the Minister in November 2014 are:

  • The parts of Kensington, Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne, East Melbourne and Jolimont proposed for the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) with mandatory maximum building heights and mandatory maximum of two dwellings per lot (except where more than two lots already existed) were instead included in the General Residential Zone (GRZ) with mandatory maximum building heights but no mandatory limitation on the number of dwellings per lot (a permit is still required to subdivide a lot).
  • The parts of South Yarra that were proposed for the NRZ were rezoned accordingly. The proposed mandatory maximum building heights for these areas however, were reduced from 9 metres and 12 metres to 8 metres, despite the RZSAC being satisfied with the proposed mandatory maximum height controls and stating that further analysis would be required to justify an 8 metre maximum building height.
  • The RZSAC recommended changes be made to the Victorian Planning Provisions to allow the ability for councils to include exemptions to the mandatory maximum building height and mandatory maximum number of dwellings, where these are justified, as was the case for draft Amendment C179. However, these changes were not made and therefore the approved did not include the exemptions proposed by the City of Melbourne and supported by the RZSAC.

The State Government has committed to an independent review of the implementation of the residential zone changes which will consider protocols for best practice consultation and the role of key stakeholders in the planning process.

View the report on the State government’s website.

March 26, 2015


Planning Scheme Amendment C179 has been formally approved by the Minister for Planning with a notice published in today’s Victoria Government Gazette.

The amendment:

  • introduces three new schedules to the General Residential Zone and applies them to parts of Kensington, Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne, East Melbourne and Jolimont;
  • introduces the Residential Growth Zone and applies it to parts of Carlton and Parkville; and,
  • introduces the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and applies it to parts of South Yarra.

View an area-by-area comparison of the draft and approved amendments:

The approved amendment differs from the draft amendment exhibited by the City of Melbourne in August 2014 in the following ways:

  • Those parts of Kensington, Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne, East Melbourne and Jolimont that were proposed for the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (with mandatory maximum residential building heights and a mandatory maximum of two dwellings per lot) have been included in the General Residential Zone. This means the areas will be subject to mandatory maximum building heights but no mandatory maximum number of dwellings per lot. Schedules to the General Residential Zone cannot include a mandatory maximum number of dwellings per lot.
  • The proposed rezoning of parts of South Yarra to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone has been approved. The proposed mandatory maximum residential building heights of 12 metres and 9 metres have been reduced to 8 metres for these areas. The proposed mandatory maximum of two dwellings per lot has also been included; however, the proposed exemption, to allow sites already containing more than two dwellings to retain their existing subdivision rights, has not been included. This means that lots in these areas can only be redeveloped for up to two dwellings, no matters how many dwellings are currently present on these lots.
  • The proposed rezoning of the Carlton Housing Estates, the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital site and part of the Parkville Gardens estate to the Residential Growth Zone has been approved without changes.

View the approved amendment on the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website.

November 28, 2014


The Minister for planning has written to the City of Melbourne advising that he has approved Amendment C179 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme.

The Minister’s letter states that the approval:

  • introduces three new Schedules to the General Residential Zone and applies them to parts of Kensington, Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne, East Melbourne and Jolimont;
  • introduces the Residential Growth Zone and applies it to parts of Carlton and Parkville; and,
  • introduces the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and applies it to parts of South Yarra.

The amendment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

November 24, 2014


Note: The information shown in the map above relates to the draft amendment prepared by the City of Melbourne for community consultation in August 2014. It does not reflect the application of residential zones approved by the Minister.

How to use the map: Type your address into the search bar then click on a shaded area for information on the proposed and current zones.