New residential zones

Update March 2017 - Reformed Residential Zones

On 11 March 2017, the Minister for Planning announced the completion of the review of the new residential zones.

Originally introduced into Victorian planning schemes in 2014, the new residential zones are aimed at ensuring a consistent state-wide approach to residential development. However, a number of issues were identified with the process of how the new residential zones were implemented across the state.

The Victorian Government established the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee in late 2015 to review the current application of zones. As part of this process, we made a submission to the Advisory Committee which was endorsed at the Ordinary Meeting on 23 February 2016. Please see the minutes from this meeting for a copy of the submission.

The reformed residential zones have been announced following the findings and recommendations of the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee Report, which was released to the Minister for Planning in July 2016.

The key reforms include:

  • Allowing councils to define neighbourhood character and design objectives to be achieved.
  • Increasing the mandatory maximum height for development within the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) from 8 metres to 9 metres (2 storey maximum).
  • Increasing the discretionary height limit for development within the General Residential Zone (GRZ) from 9 metres to a mandatory maximum height of 11 metres (3 storey maximum).
  • Introducing a mandatory garden area requirement in the NRZ and GRZ to enhance the garden and open character of residential areas.
  • Removing the restriction on the number of dwellings that can be built on a property in the NRZ.

The Minister for Planning has advised that the reformed residential zones will replace the existing zones via Amendment VC110, which will be gazetted this month (March 2017). It is noted that the GRZ and NRZ will include transitional provisions for the garden area requirement and changes to building heights and the number of storeys allowed. As such, these changes will not apply to planning permit applications submitted before the requirements are introduced.

The Ministerial Directions, Planning Practice Notes and Advisory Notes to assist councils in implementing the reformed residential zones will be released on 30 June 2017. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will provide ongoing support to councils for applying and monitoring the reformed residential zones, including the preparation of Housing Development data reports on an ongoing basis.

For more information, please visit the Reformed Residential Zones website.

Update December 2015 - Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee

The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning, appointed an advisory committee to report on the application of zones that provide for residential development in metropolitan Melbourne and the four regional cities of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe, having regard to managing growth, proximity to transport and jobs, housing affordability and diversity.

Update 18 September 2014

We can now confirm that we have received a letter from the Minister for Planning officially announcing the Residential Zone report from the Advisory Committee.

In his letter the Minister communicated his decision on our zone proposal, confirming that he has accepted the recommendations in the Advisory Committee report.  

This means draft Amendment C137 will not be prepared and approved to implement our zone proposal and the General Residential Zone will apply until further strategic work in undertaken.

What does the Minister's decision about the residential zones mean for Moonee Valley?

All properties that were previously Residential 1 Zone are officially now rezoned General Residential.

Planning requirements within the General Residential Zone are very similar to those within the previous Residential 1 Zone. All other planning requirements including those relating to overshadowing, overlooking, traffic and parking continue to apply in the General Residential Zone. 

In addition, we have adopted Neighbourhood Character Study and Neighbourhood Character Precinct Profiles (NCPP) for each residential area of Moonee Valley. The NCPP are used to help maintain neighbourhood character and assess all planning applications in residential areas.

Where to from here?

We have already committed to begin the process of developing a new Housing Strategy this financial year. This process has commenced.

Once this strategy has been finalised, this may mean a proposed future Amendment to apply the new residential zones. However, this will need to be the subject of further discussion once we have progressed further in the process of developing the Housing Strategy.

For more information contact the Strategic Planning Department on 9243 8888 or via email to newzones@mvcc.vic.gov.au. To receive further updates on this and other planning projects you can sign up to receive the Strategic Planning e-newsletter.

Update 17 September 2014

We have obtained a copy of the Moonee Valley Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee Report (pdf, 1.47MB) as well as the State One Overarching Issues Report (pdf, 3.55MB).

These reports were unintentionally placed on the DPTLI website and removed shortly after.

We have contacted the State Government, who have confirmed the Minister for Planning is likely to officially release the reports and provide direction to participating councils over the coming days.

Our initial comment on the report is that we are disappointed but until we get more information from the Minister we are not sure what the report means for Moonee Valley or what our next steps will be.

Update 4 September 2014

At its meeting on 26 August, Council resolved to write to the Minister for Planning urgently requesting a decision on our residential zones following our submission to the Residential Zone Standing Advisory Committee.

For details read the full Notice of Motion (see page 26). We will keep the community updated on any response received from the Minister for Planning.

Update 1 July 2014

The Minister for Planning has advised Council that the General Residential Zone will replace the Residential 1 Zone on 1 July 2014.

Council chose to participate in the State Government’s Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee process understanding that it would result in the application of the new residential zones before 1 July 2014, as was detailed in the terms of reference for the process.

According to the Minister, this process has been delayed and the application of the General Residential Zone is an interim measure until the results of the Standing Advisory Committee process are received and the next steps can be determined. 

As the process following the Minister’s review of the Standing Advisory Committee report is unclear, Council is unable to anticipate what will occur next but will continue to keep residents informed about the process.

Update May 2014 - New Residential Zones Advisory Committee

The New Residential Zones Advisory Committee hearing for Moonee Valley took place from 28 April until 6 May 2014 at Council's Clocktower Centre. Just under 400 submissions were received by the Advisory Committee and over 70 submitters presented over the course of the hearing.

The Advisory Committee is expected to complete its report for the Minister for Planning no later than 20 business days from the completion of the hearing, and a decision will be made by the Minister for Planning on how to proceed thereafter.

It is unclear whether Council will receive the Advisory Committee's report, but Council will ensure that the community is provided with any updates on the process. Council will send letters to all residential landowners advising of any outcomes.

If you have any questions regarding the Advisory Committee or the public hearing, please contact Jessica Cutting, Senior Project Manager at Planning Panels Victoria on 8392 6383 or at jessica.cutting@dtpli.vic.gov.au

Expert witness reports

The following expert witness reports were submitted for Amendment C137 and are available to view.

Overview of the new zones

The State Government has introduced new residential planning rules (or zones) across Victoria. These new residential zones will strengthen controls on the type of development that is allowed to occur in your street and neighbourhood.

Using the new rules, Council has developed what zones we think should apply to different areas across Moonee Valley.

Council has chosen to use a process developed by the Minister for Planning for the implementation of the new residential zones.

The Minister for Planning has appointed a Standing Advisory Committee who is currently considering all submissions and will provide a report outlining their views on how Council is proposing to implement the new residential zones in late May 2014.

Consultation

Consultation has now closed on the new residential zones and the Advisory Committee Hearing concluded on 6 May.

The Advisory Committee is expected to complete its report for the Minister for Planning no later than 20 business days from the completion of the hearing, and a decision will be made by the Minister for Planning on how to proceed before 1 July 2014.

It is unclear whether Council will receive the Advisory Committee's report, but Council will ensure that the community is provided with any updates on the process.

If you have any questions regarding the Advisory Committee or the public hearing, please contact Jessica Cutting, Senior Project Manager at Planning Panels Victoria on 8392 6383 or at Jessica.cutting@dtpli.vic.gov.au

Details of our proposed zones

There are three new zones to be introduced, with the General Residential Zone split into two separate schedules with specific requirements for Moonee Valley. The zones are outlined further below, and you can also view the endorsed map which shows the application of the criteria.

Neighbourhood Residential Zone - Schedule One

The most restrictive zone. It is designed to protect areas of mostly single dwelling housing. This means you would not be able to build more than two units on any lot (unless the lot is larger than 900sqm and greater in width than 20 metres where an overall density of one dwelling per 300sqm is possible). The height is limited to 8 metres (up to 2 storeys) or 9 metres for sloping lots. The restrictions on height and number of dwellings in this zone cannot be exceeded.

Our proposed application of this zone includes additional requirements for Moonee Valley (in addition to the State Government’s standard description of this zone) as such this is referred to as Neighbourhood Residential Zone - Schedule One.

Please view the below links for further details of this proposed zone.

Neighbourhood Residential Zone

Schedule 1 to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone

There has been some confusion in relation to this zone, as the fact sheet description does not mention that this is Schedule One. The Neighbourhood Residential Zone (as described in the fact sheet) and the Neighbourhood Residential Zone - Schedule 1 (as indicated in our letters) are the same.

General Residential Zone – Schedule One

Very similar to the existing residential zone that currently applies in Moonee Valley, where a number of different types of housing can be built (e.g. a mix of single dwellings, units and some townhouses and apartments). Under this schedule there is a preferred height of 9 metres (up to 3 storeys) or 10 metres for sloping lots, and there are other criteria that must be met. The height limit in this schedule is not mandatory and may be exceeded subject to an appropriate design outcome.

Please view the below links for further details of this proposed zone.

General Residential Zone

Schedule 1 to the General Residential Zone

General Residential Zone – Schedule Two

This is almost identical to the General Residential Zone – Schedule One, where a number of different types of housing can be built (e.g. a mix of single dwellings, units and some townhouses and apartments). However, Schedule Two sets a mandatory height limit of 10 metres (up to 3 storeys). This height cannot be exceeded.

Please view the below links for further details of this proposed zone.

General Residential Zone

Schedule 2 to the General Residential Zone

Residential Growth Zone

This zone allows for more growth and development. This means greater heights and a mix of townhouses, flats and apartments. This zone is only proposed to apply to the Flemington Public Housing Estate on Racecourse Road.

Please view the below link for further details of this proposed zone.

Residential Growth Zone

Background

The Minister for Planning has released new residential zones for Victoria. These zones are:

  • Residential Growth Zone
  • General Residential Zone
  • Neighbourhood Residential Zone

Further information about the new residential zones can be found at the DPCD website.

Should Council not apply the new residential zones before 1 July 2014, the Minister for Planning will apply the General Residential Zone to all Residential 1 Zone land. This zone is similar to the existing Residential 1 Zone so the change will have little impact on landowners.

Establishing how we propose to implement these zones across Moonee Valley has been a long and challenging process for Council, which has required significant collaboration.

At our 25 February Ordinary Meeting, Council adopted a process for applying the new residential zones and refer all submissions to the Victorian State Government's New Residential Zones Advisory Committee for their consideration. The minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the Council Meetings page.

Frequently asked questions

For further information on the zones and process, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information on Council's proposed application of the new zones and how it may affect your property, please refer to the Previous FAQ.

Last updated: Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 1:22 PM