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.
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.
At present, Council has received no further communication from the Minister regarding Council'c proposed implementation of the three new residential zones. Council is still waiting for the release of the Residential Zone Standing Advisory Committee's recommendations, however until Council has received further communication from the Minister the General Residential Zone will reamain in place accross Moreland.
If you have any further questions regarding the new residential zones, please contact the Moreland City Council Strategic Planning Department on 9240 2422.
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.
- 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.
A brief summary of the new residential zones is provided below.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT YOU?
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