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New Residential Zones October 8, 2016

Posted by jaagstkilda in News.

Port Phillip Council is the ONLY Council which has not had rezones approved. The process has taken more than two years to date and we are still waiting!

Update on Amendment C123 – Implementing the New Residential Zones

Amendment C123, a combined and updated translation of the New Residential Zones has been referred by the Minister for Planning to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee for further consideration.


Work on the Residential Zones began in February 2014 when Council consulted on its proposed application of the new zones. Council undertook this work in two stages:

  • Stage 1 (Amendment C113) – Council adopted a ‘Stage 1’ translation of the New Residential Zones and resolved to request the Minister for Planning undertake an amendment (Amendment C113) to implement the new residential zones.
  • Stage 2 (Amendment C114) – The Stage 2 built upon the earlier Amendment C113  and  considered further potential changes to zoning for specific areas, following consultation with affected property owners.

These amendments were forwarded to the Minister for Planning for approval (in May and August 2014 respectively).  In May 2015, Council received a response from the Minister for Planning to undertake further work on Amendments C113 and C114. The suggested changes included combining the two amendments, replacing the sliding density scale with a maximum number of dwellings and considering some additional areas for inclusion in the General Residential Zone. In response to the Minister’s request, in October 2015 Council considered two options and referred them to the Minister. The two options were:

  • Council’s preferred option (Amendment C118) – which combined Amendments C113 and C114 and made mainly administrative changes – even though in JAAG’s view this is not ideal!
  • An alternate option (Amendment C123) – Made the same administrative changes as C118 but also identified some additional areas to be considered for inclusion in the General Residential Zone (rather than in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone).

In July 2016, the Minister advised that he had decided not to approve C118 and had referred Amendment C123 to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee.  It is understood that the Committee will focus its consideration of Amendment C123 on the parts of the city that have not been identified for future review, as the Housing Strategy Review and future amendment will consider these areas.  The background to the amendment and details of the amendment are available on Council’s website at http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/new-residential-zones.htm

The Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee to advise on the method and application of the proposed new residential zones into the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. The committee will consider all submissions. Information about the Committee can be found at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/rzsac.

The role of the Committee is to:

  • Give submitters an opportunity to be heard by an independent body in an informal, non-judicial manner.
  • Give independent advice to the Minister for Planning as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

The proposed new residential zones in Port Phillip

The Committee is seeking views on the proposed changes. Details of the proposed changes can be viewed at http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/amendment-c123.htm

Questions about these zones can be directed to Leonie Kirkwood, Acting Coordinator City Strategy, City of Port Phillip atnewresidentialzones@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

Making a submission

You can make a submission to the Committee before 5.00pm on 17 October 2016. Submissions can be made online at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/rzsac. Parties wishing to post a written submission will need to obtain a hard copy of the Submission Coversheet from Planning Panels Victoria. Submissions must be directed to the Committee through Planning Panels Victoria. Council cannot accept submissions. All submissions and information provided at the Hearing will be treated as public documents.

The Public Hearing will commence the week of 7 November 2016.

For queries about the Advisory Committee, making a submission, requesting a hard copy of the submission cover sheet, or the public hearing, please contact Emily To, Project Officer at Planning Panels Victoria on 8392 6838 or planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

For queries about the proposed changes to the residential zones, please contact Adam Henson, Planner at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 8392 5468, or by email at adam.henson@delwp.vic.gov.au

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