At its meeting on 28 February 2017, Council adopted new residential zones and development standards, aimed at protecting Monash's 'garden city' character. These changes (known as Amendment C125 to the Monash Planning Scheme) were submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.
Prior to Council adopting the final amendment, we asked an independent planning panel to assess what the proposed changes. The panel heard submissions from Monash residents and property owners during September and early October 2016. It provided its report and recommendations to Council in December 2016. A copy of the Panel Report and a discussion of its main recommendations is available on the Council's website.
Please note that community consultation on Amendment C125 has ended.
C125 Split of Amendment – Part 1 and Part 2
In his letter dated 25 February 2018 the Minister for Planning split Planning Scheme Amendment C125 into two parts:
Part 1 for the application of the Neighborhood Residential Zone (NRZ) schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) schedule 3 (APPROVED); and
Part 2 for the application of the General Residential Zone (GRZ) schedules. The Minister has NOT YET APPROVED the GRZ schedules 3, 5 and 6, and Council's request to introduce a 2 storey height limit in the General Residential zone areas. Please note that the GRZ3 and GRZ4 (previously applying to southern and northern garden city suburban areas respectively) have both been combined into the GRZ3.
At its meeting of 27 March 2018 Council resolved to request the Minister of Planning to approve Amendment C125 (Part 2), as adopted by Council at its meeting of February 2017. This would retain the maximum mandatory 3 storey (11 metre) height limit in the General Residential Zones. The development requirements of the General Residential Zones are considered to have weight for development proposals.
It is recommended that applicants contact the Council’s City Planning Department to discuss your proposal in these areas.
Council’s approach is to direct the majority of new development towards activity centres, the Monash National Employment Cluster (in Clayton) and along Springvale Road and Princes Highway, so that redevelopment pressure is reduced in local streets.
Some of the new measures adopted by Council include:
The rezoning of areas near the Damper, Scotchmans and Gardiners Creeks and along the Dandenong Valley Escarpment to Neighbourhood Residential Zones where development will be less intensive;
Increasing the rear setback from 1 metre to 5 metres for properties in the General Residential Zone and in the Neighbourhood Residential Zones 3 and 4 along the Dandenong Valley Escarpment and in the Damper, Scotchmans and Gardiners Creeks environs areas;
Increasing the rear setback from 1 metre to 7 metres for properties in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone 2 that abut Damper, Scotchmans and Gardiners Creeks;
Reducing site coverage (how much a building covers a block) from 60% to 50% in General Residential Zones and in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone along the Dandenong Valley Escarpment, and to 40% in areas abutting the Damper, Scotchmans and Gardiners Creeks;
Rezoning parts of Clayton (in the Monash National Employment Cluster) to facilitate apartment style development by using a mix of the Residential Growth Zone 3 and General Residential Zone 6.
Once approved by the Minister for Planning, the rear setback requirements will apply to new single dwellings as well as multi-unit developments. This will reduce the impact that large homes are having on neighbouring properties, by providing separation between built form.
The adopted zone schedules and, where appropriate, the approved zone schedules are available on the Your Zoning page when you search a property. Detailed information about the adopted amendment, including policy changes, is also available on Council’s website.
State Government changes to the residential zones
On 27 March 2017, the State Government introduced changes to all residential zones in Victoria through Amendment VC110. Some of the significant changes made to the residential zones include:
In the General Residential Zone increasing the height limit from 9 metres to 11 metres with a three storey maximum.
In the Neighbourhood Residential Zone increasing the height limit from 8 metres to 9 metres with a two storey maximum.
No change to the discretionary 13.5 metre height limit in the Residential Growth Zone. This limit can be increased via a schedule to the zone.
A new requirement for a minimum garden area based on lot size in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and the General Residential Zone. This requirement operates along with the private open space requirements for residential development.
Removal of the two dwelling limit within the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
These changes are now in effect. More information on the State Government Amendment VC110 is available here.
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.
Glen Waverley Structure Plan – Amendment C120
Amendment C120 implements the Glen Waverley Activity Centre Structure Plan. The Structure Plan was adopted by Council in September 2014. Amendment C120 HAS BEEN APPROVED by the Minister for Planning on 31 October 2017 and was gazetted on 25 January 2018.
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. Amendment C120 has implemented changes to the General Residential Zone (GRZ) Schedules 7 and 8 and Residential Growth Zone Schedule 4 of the Planning Scheme. GRZ Schedule 8 was split and resulted in Schedule 9 (GRZ9) being applied to the Mountain View Hotel Site at 176 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley.
More information about the Glen Waverley Structure Plan and Amendment C120 is available on the Council's website.
Amendments C120 and C125 are part of the first stage of work we are undertaking to implement the Monash Housing Strategy. Future stages will involve (and may include future zoning / policy changes):
Working with the Victoria Planning Authority in the development of the Clayton Activity Centre Structure Plan and the Monash National Employment Cluster Strategic Framework Plan.
Preparing urban design principles and built form guidelines for boulevards (Springvale Road and Princes Highway).
Preparing structure plans for activity centres in Huntingdale, Mount Waverley, Hughesdale, Holmesglen, Syndal, Pinewood, Waverley Gardens and Oakleigh South, and other accessible areas.
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