New Residential Zones
Planning zones stipulate what development and uses can be built where and the State Government has introduced new residential zones for Victoria. This represents one of the biggest planning reforms in Victoria's history.
At its meeting on 16 December 2013, Stonnington Council adopted a position on the new residential zones to be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval as part of an amendment to the Stonnington Planning Scheme. The decision follows an extensive period of consultation with the community, during September and October 2013.
The request for approval of the new residential zones was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 24 December 2013. Council is now awaiting a decision. To view the Council zones and schedules lodged with the Minister visit the ‘Quick Links’ to the right of this page.
FAQs - 24 December 2013 (193.04 KB)
What are Planning Zones?
Within a planning scheme, every parcel of land is zoned for a category of use and may have one or more overlays that apply. The zone or overlay will specify whether a planning permit is required for a particular use or development, including the construction of buildings or subdivision of land.
These new residential zones may change the type of development that is allowed to occur in your street and neighbourhood. The changes to the residential zones impact upon building heights, density, neighbourhood character and the future use of your property.
What are the New Residential Zones?
Stonnington only has one residential zone at the moment, called the 'Residential 1 Zone'. This zone will be replaced by three new zones:
- Neighbourhood Residential Zone
Restricts housing growth and protects neighbourhood character
Preserves neighbourhood character while allowing modest housing growth
Encourages more diverse housing and land use
The new zones aim to provide greater clarity about the type of development that can occur in different residential locations. All Victorian Council’s have until 1 July 2014 to introduce the new zones. The State Government has released criteria to indicate where the new zones could be applied.
How will Council apply the New Zones?
The locations where the zones have been applied and schedules to zones have been informed by the State Government's criteria, Council's neighbourhood character study, existing Council policies and feedback received during consultation.
During September and October 2013 Council sought feedback from the community on where the new zones could apply to Stonnington using criteria released by the State Government. Council received over 1,400 responses through surveys, written submissions, emails and petitions.
You can read more about the draft proposals and consultation response.
At its meeting on 16 December 2013 Council considered a report on the consultation response, final zones and schedules to the zones (local variations including building heights, setbacks and landscaping). To view the report visit the ‘Quick Links’ to the right of this page. Council resolved to adopt the final zones and schedules and apply to the Minister for Planning to prepare and approve a planning scheme amendment to introduce the new residential zones. The request for approval of the new residential zones was lodged with the Minister for Planning on 24 December 2013.
Proposed Residential Zones - Adopted by Council 16-12-13.pdf (4.06 MB)
What happens next?
Council is now waiting for a decision from the Minister for Planning. A decision from the Minister may be received in early 2014.
To receive direct email updates on the planning zone reforms please register your email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to keep you up-to-date on progress.
For enquiries about the reformed zones please contact Strategic Planning on 8290 1395 or email email@example.com.