NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES

Draft Amendment C153

OVERVIEW

Latest Update

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

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

The approved documentation for Amendment VC116 to implement the General Residential Zone 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 is currently in the Residential 1 Zone it will be rezoned to the General Residential Zone as of 1 July 2014.

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

A summary of the new zones 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 has 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 is 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.
  • Information about the Committee including its Terms of Reference can be found at http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/panelsandcommittees/current/residentialzones 

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 is expected to report to the Minister in June. 
 

If you have any questions regarding the Advisory Committee, please contact Jessica Cutting, Senior Project manager at Planning Panels Victoria on 83926383 or Jessica.cutting@dtpli.vic.gov.au.

NEXT STEPS

 


June: Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC) reports to the Minister on Council's proposed roll out of the new Residential Zones (Draft Amendment C153).


1 July: Minister’s rezones all properties in the Residential 1 Zone (R1Z) the the General Residential Zone (GRZ).

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