Draft Amendment C153


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) will replace the current Residential 1 Zone. The new zones are intended to give greater clarity about the type and density of development that can be expected in residential areas.

Councils have until 1 July 2014 to introduce the New Residential Zones into their Planning Schemes. If changes have not been made effective as of 1 of July 2014, the existing Residential 1 Zone (R1Z) will be transitioned to the General Residential Zone (GRZ) on 1 July 2014.

The Minister for Planning has appointed a Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC) to report on proposals to apply the New Residential Zones. On 12 March 2014, Council endorsed the New Residential Zones Draft Amendment C153 package and resolved to forward the package to the RZSAC for review.

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.


Moreland’s residential areas are currently included in the Residential 1 Zone (R1Z). This zone allows for a range of dwelling types and densities.

If your property is currently in the Residential 1 Zone it will be rezoned to one of the new residential zones. The new zone 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 is likely to 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.


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

» Download the new residential zone key features table


Public Notice Period ends 5 pm Thursday 17 April 2014.

How to make a submission

Any comments on the Draft Amendment C153 to introduce the new residential zones must be made as a written submission the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC).

If you will like to make a submission you must do so by close of business (5pm) Thursday 17 April 2014.

  • Submissions can be made online via
  • You must complete the online submission cover sheet. Parties wishing to post in a written submission must contact Ms Jessica Cutting at Planning Panels Victoria on 83926389 or  to obtain a hard copy of the submission cover sheet.
  • Submissions must be directed to the Committee through Planning Panels Victoria. Council cannot accept submissions.

Public hearing dates

The RZSAC has pre-set Public Hearing dates for the week beginning 12 May 2014. Please complete the relevant section of the submission cover sheet if you wish to attend the hearing and present your views.

All submissions and information provided at the Hearing will be treated as public documents.

If you have any questions regarding the Advisory Committee, how to make a submission or the Public Hearing, please contact Jessica Cutting, Senior Project manager at Planning Panels Victoria on 83926383 or


March- April 2014: Public Notice and Submission Period.

May: Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC) Public Hearing.

June: Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (RZSAC) reports to the Minister.

July: Minister’s Decision, New Residential Zones implemented in the Moreland Planning Scheme.