NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES

Draft Amendment C153

OVERVIEW


Latest Update (19 September 2014)

Reports for the Councils that had draft Residential Zone Amendments considered by the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee during Stage One of the process are now available. 

Access the Moreland Report  and the Overarching Issues Report- Stage 1 by clicking on top of the links. It has been recommended that the reports are read in conjunction.

In conclusion, the Committee consider that it would not be appropriate for draft Amendment C153 to the Moreland Planning Scheme to proceed at this time.

Recommendations provided in the Moreland Report are as follows:

1. Draft Amendment C153 to the Moreland Planning Scheme not be prepared, adopted and approved pursuant to section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act, 1987.

2. Apply the General Residential Zone with no requirements specified in the schedule to the areas identified in draft Amendment C153, through an amendment to the Moreland Planning Scheme, pursuant to section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act, 1987, until further strategic work is undertaken.

3. Council prepare a Housing Strategy to properly inform the application of the new residential zones.

4. Strategically justify variations to Schedules 1 and 2 to the Residential Growth Zone before introducing these through a future amendment.

5. Strategically justify variations to Schedule 1 to the General Residential Zone before introducing these through a future amendment.

6. Strategically justify variations to Schedules 1 and 2 to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone before introducing these through a future amendment.

7. Avoid variations to provisions in schedules to the residential zones where the zone itself does not provide the legal ability, in any future amendment.

Council is seeking clarification from the State Government as to what the next steps for Moreland are.

If you will like to find more information about the Advisory Committee process and other reports released for Stage One of the process go to http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/panelsandcommittees/current/residentialzones

 

Update (1 July 2014)

On 1 July 2014 the Minister for Planning approved amendment VC116 which rezoned alll existing Residential 1 Zone (R1Z)  to the new General Residential Zone (GRZ).

The approved documentation for Amendment VC116 to implement the General Residential Zone can be accessed here

Clause 32.08 General Residential Zone to the Moreland Planning Scheme can be accessed here.

 

Background

New Residential Zones were introduced by the State Government in July 2013. The New Residential Zones (Neighbourhood Residential Zone NRZ, General Residential Zone GRZ and Residential Growth Zone RGZ) are intended to give greater clarity about the type and density of development that can be expected in residential areas.

On 12 March 2014, Council endorsed the roll out of the three residential zones across Moreland, to be forwarded to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC) for consideration. Council's preferred approach is contained in Draft Amendment C153 to the Moreland Planning Scheme.

The Draft Amendment was considered by the RZSAC at a Public Hearing held in May. The RZSAC is expected to report to the Minister for Planning in June on Council's amendment and then it is up to the Minister to decide what to do next. 

Council is expecting to receive further advice from the Minister about the roll out of the three residential zones in Moreland in the coming months. In the meantime, the General Residential Zone will apply as of 1 July 2014.

The Draft Amendment C153 has been drafted having regard to:
  • Existing Council policy included in the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) and Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) of the Planning Scheme, view website.
  • The recently updated LPPF and MSS, as reported to Council on 12 March 2014, view document.
  • The recently completed Moreland Activity Centre Framework as reported to Council on 12 March 2014, view report 1 & view report 2.
  • The existing State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) included in the Planning Scheme, view website.
  • Recent directions included in the new Metropolitan Planning Strategy- Plan Melbourne, view website.
  • State Government directions as contained in Practice Note 78, Applying the Residential Zones, December 2013, view document.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

If your property was in the Residential 1 Zone it has now been rezoned to the General Residential Zone as of 1 July 2014.

The Minister for Planning previously advised Moreland Council that as of 1 July 2014 the existing Residential 1 Zone (R1Z) would be changed to the new General Residential Zone (GRZ).

Moreland Council has proposed a roll out of all three of the new residential zones which is currently being considered by the Minister for Planning. The new zone Council has proposed for your property will depend on where your property is located and the characteristics of the surrounding area.

Previously the Residential 1 Zone (existing zone) allowed for a variety of residential development at a range of densities. State and local policy encouraged increased densities to be located around shops, services and public transport.

The proposed change in zone may affect the way you and your neighbours can develop your properties.

A summary of the proposed new zones as presented to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committe (RZSAC) and key differences between the current Residential 1 Zone and the new residential zones are summarised below.

RESIDENTIAL ZONES

A brief summary of the new residential zones is provided below.

» Download the new residential zone key features table

HAVE YOUR SAY

Submissions are now closed

Submissions on Council's proposed roll out of the new residential zones were invited. The Public Notice and Submission period was conducted over March - April 2014.

New Residential Zones Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning appointed a Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (the Committee) to report on proposals to apply the new residential zones. On 12 March 2014, Moreland City Council resolved to request that the Committee review the introduction of the new residential zones into the Moreland Planning Scheme.

 The role of the Standing Advisory Committee was to:

  • advise on the suitability of the residential zones and the method proposed to introduce the zones into a Council planning scheme.
  • Give submitters an opportunity to be heard by an independent body in an informal, non-judicial manner. An Advisory Committee is not a court of law.
  • Give independent advice to the Minister for Planning as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

The New Residential Zones Advisory Committee considered Moreland's Draft Amendment C153 and all submissions at a Public Hearing held from Monday 12 May 2014 to Friday 16 May 2014. The Committee was expected to report to the Minister in June. 
 
Information about the Committee including its Terms of Reference can be found at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/panelsandcommittees/current/residentialzones 

NEXT STEPS

 



Minister to advise Moreland Council on response to Draft Amendment C153 in due course.