Residents and/or property owners are encouraged to have their say regarding Council’s in-principle position on changes to Monash’s residential zones.
Council reached its in-principle position at its meeting on 29 March 2016, after considering community feedback.
Council has withdrawn or reduced some of its original proposals, after receiving feedback that the measures would place too much restriction on people’s abilities to redevelop their properties.
In reaching this position, Council is trying to achieve a middle ground so Monash’s ‘garden city’ character is retained, while at the same time property owners have flexibility to redevelop their properties.
Changes proposed by the in-principle position
Council’s in-principle position tries to achieve this balance by:
Reducing the maximum amount of coverage that buildings have across a property block (the site coverage) from 60% to 50%. In environmentally sensitive areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks, the maximum site coverage is proposed to be 40% - 45%. Most properties in Monash have a site coverage lower than 50%. However, occasionally there are new constructions that exceed this coverage. This proposed limit on site coverage responds to community concerns about overdevelopment
Amending a previous proposal that a 60m2 parcel of private open space be required in new developments. Council is now proposing a 50m2 minimum parcel of private open space, except in areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks where the proposal is still for a 60m2 parcel
Withdrawing a previous proposal for a five metre setback between houses and the rear fence, as some people said this was heavy-handed. Importantly, a rear setback of six or seven metres is proposed in areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks
Requiring a minimum of two canopy trees (not three canopy trees as initially proposed in some areas) in new multi-unit developments. In addition, it is proposed that there be no specific height set for these trees: it is proposed that the height of the trees be linked to the height of the new units (so if a site has a single storey building, the canopy trees only need to be as high as that building but if it has a double storey building, the canopy trees need to meet the height of that building)
An area of Glen Waverley (bounded by Highbury, Springvale, Waverley, Gallaghers and Westlands Rds and Camelot Dr) is proposed to be included in a General Residential Zone (rather than a more restrictive Neighbourhood Residential Zone as originally proposed).
These changes are reflected in the revised information available through this website. You can read more about the proposed revisions and see the main issues raised by the community in the 29 March Council report .
You can also access more information on Amendment C125here.
How to have your say
Submissions on Council’s in-principle position can be made until Friday 29 April 2016 via:
Mail to: Strategic Planning, c/o Monash Council, PO Box 1, Glen Waverley 3150
Calling 9518 3555 (ask for Strategic Planning).
You can also make a public verbal submission to Councillors at a Special Council meeting on Tuesday 3 May 2016, from 6.30pm. This meeting is being held at the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley).
Verbal submissions will be limited to 5 minutes per person to allow adequate time for all submitters. (Depending on the number of presentations, this time may be reduced to 3 minutes).
If you’d like to speak to your submission at this meeting, please indicate this in your written submission or register separately by Friday 29 April by contacting Strategic Planning on 9518 3555.
MANAGING GROWTH - MONASH HOUSING STRATEGY
Melbourne is growing and will require 1.5 million new dwellings by 2051. The State Government estimates that 70% of them will be built in existing urban areas such as Monash.
In partnership with the community, Council has developed and adopted the Monash Housing Strategy 2014. This Strategy sets out how we want extra housing to be accommodated and, based on your feedback, it outlines a plan to:
Maintain the ‘garden city’ character of Monash. This means suburbs of single or double storey houses and units or townhouses with yards, gardens and tree-lined streets.
Focus most housing growth in town centres, key main roads and select sites near Monash University. This means an increase in different types of housing (such as apartments, units and townhouses), close to transport and services.
Protect heritage areas around Oakleigh and environmental areas around Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks so they are preserved for the future.
The proposed changes are aimed at directing where and how development occurs in Monash, with the overall aim of protecting Monash’s ‘garden city’ character. They include measures such as increasing rear setbacks for new buildings and requiring canopy trees on sites as part of multi-unit redevelopment.
WHAT MIGHT A NEW DEVELOPMENT LOOK LIKE ?
To assist the community in understanding the potential impact of the proposed changes, a range of "before and after" examples have been prepared taking into account the revisions proposed in the 25 October Council report. You can view the set of "before and after" examples for your zone when you search for your property in the ADDRESS SEARCH above.
Please note that although these drawings are based on existing approved developments and the changes proposed in October 2105. They are for illustrative purposes only and do not mean that a particular design response will be appropriate to your circumstances.
WHAT ARE WE PROPOSING?
New Residential Zones Amendment C125
Council is proposing to change some existing residential zones and introduce new or modified development standards to protect and enhance the 'garden city' character of Monash. These changes have been informed by the Monash Housing Strategy.
We are proposing to limit development in sensitive areas of the municipality through the broader application of a Neighbourhood Residential Zone. Stronger guidelines are being proposed for development in General Residential Zones.
It is also proposed to apply Residential Growth Zones to parts of Clayton and Notting Hill, in and around the Clayton Activity Centre and the Monash National Employment Cluster and in some parts of the Glen Waverley Activity Centre.
Although we engaged the community about the proposed changes in 2015, we don’t feel we’ve heard the breadth of views and questions in the community. This proposed policy has the potential to affect the ‘look and feel’ of Monash for years to come, so Council wants to hear more people’s views before we make a decision.
Council is proposing to introduce the Glen Waverley Activity Centre Structure Plan. The Structure Plan sets out a 20 year plan for the growth and improvement of the Glen Waverley Activity Centre, Monash's largest activity centre. The Structure Plan was adopted in September 2014.
Community consultation on the Glen Waverley Structure Plan and Amendment C120 has concluded.
Melbourne is growing and will require 1.5 million new dwellings by 2051. The State Government estimates that 70% of them will be built in existing urban areas such as Monash. To cope with this change Monash needs a plan to guide how and where new housing opportunities are provided.
Throughout 2014, Council consulted with our community on the development of a new Housing Strategy for Monash.
Our community said they wanted to see improved quality of new residential development and development that:
Protects and enhances the City's 'garden city' character,
Improves opportunities for new development to have more space for gardens,
Increases housing diversity,
Directs new housing growth towards activity centres, close to transport, shops and services, and
Limits new development along the Dandenong Creek valley and around areas close to Gardiners, Damper and Scotchmans Creeks.
In October 2014, Council adopted the new Monash Housing Strategy which aims to protect the ‘garden city’ character of Monash. It also aims to:
Identify preferred locations for increased housing intensity,
Provide opportunities for modest housing growth and diversification,
Identify areas with limited redevelopment potential,
Protect heritage values, and
Protect the neighbourhood character and native vegetation of the residential areas surrounding Damper Creek, Gardiners Creek, Scotchmans Creek and the Dandenong Valley Escarpment.
The planning system in Victoria is a State, performance based system, which sets generic ‘default’ standards for residential development which can be varied to meet local circumstances. New development must meet the objectives of the Monash Planning Scheme. An objective describes the desired outcome to be achieved once the development is completed. A standard contains one way to meet the objective.
In order to protect the "garden city " character, the Monash Housing Strategy, identified the need to change some of the residential development standards that currently apply in the suburban areas of Monash. The proposed changes include:
Increased rear setbacks to provide space for residents and gardens,
Reduced site coverage,
Improving landscaping and canopy tree planting for multi unit development, and
Mandatory building height controls in specific areas.
To see how these proposed changes will affect your property, including some 'before and after" examples, enter your address in the ADDRESS SEARCH section shown above.
FIND OUT MORE
Detailed Amendment documentation is available to be viewed at:
Monash Civic Centre
293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
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