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.
These new residential zones may change the type of development that is allowed to occur in your street and neighbourhood. This represents one of the biggest planning reforms in Victoria’s history.
The changes to the 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?
Using criteria released by the State Government in July 2013, Stonnington Council indicated where the zones could be applied across the municipality and undertook extensive community consultation on the proposed changes during September and October 2013.
You can read more about the draft proposals and consultation response here.
What was the feedback?
Council received over 1,400 formal responses through surveys, written submissions, emails and petitions. The majority of feedback was positive and people were happy about the zone they were placed in. However, there were some clusters where people requested to be in a different zone.
What happens next?
Council will be considering the consultation feedback and final zones and Schedules to Zones at the Meeting of Council on 16 December 2013.
If the type of zone is proposed to change from what was advertised during the consultation period, property owners have been notified by letter.
The agenda, including the officer’s report will be available from 12 December on Council’s website. To view the report visit our Council Meetings page.
To receive direct email updates on the planning zone reforms please register your email at email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.