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New residential zones in place with more changes to come

1 July 2014

The State Government has introduced default residential zones into Yarra from 1 July, with a decision pending on the final application of all three new zone types.

Yarra Mayor Cr Jackie Fristacky said the State Government was still assessing Council’s submission to the re-zoning process and in the meantime had opted to apply a General Residential Zone (GRZ) across Yarra.

“Planning Minister Matthew Guy has declared that from 1 July, a GRZ will replace the Residential 1 Zone across Yarra and in 23 other Victorian municipalities waiting to have their submissions assessed by the State Government,” Cr Fristacky said.

“From a planning perspective, Council does not believe the delay in the State Government’s decision will lead to problematic planning issues in Yarra, such as applications for inappropriate or intensive development in heritage or residential areas.

“Other planning overlays already in place in Yarra, including important heritage overlays, will still be applied to any new planning applications Council receives.

“However, the delay does mean our community has to wait longer for the certainty around planning they were promised by the re-zoning process.”

The GRZ will be in place until the State Government completes its analysis and applies all three of the residential zones preferred by Council.

Cr Fristacky said Council had asked the State Government to delay the move to applying the GRZ to Yarra as a default position.

“Council submitted its preference for where the new zones would be applied in Yarra on 24 May, ahead of the State Government’s 30 June deadline.

“Following that, we were advised that further analysis of our submission by the State Government was required before the zones could be translated into Yarra’s planning scheme.

“The State Government has not indicated how long the community may have to wait for that analysis to be completed.

“Council asked the Minister to allow the existing Residential 1 Zone to remain in place until the State Government made its decision but that did not occur."

 


General Residential Zone vs Residential 1 Zone

The provisions of the General Residential Zone (GRZ) and the Residential 1 Zone are very similar.

Under Residential 1 Zone there was no mandatory height controls and no limit on the number of dwellings on a site

The same rules for height and dwellings per site apply under the GRZ.

Until the State Government makes its decision, all new residential planning applications will be considered against the GRZ provisions.

 

FAQS: 

My property was to be included in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone. How does the translation to General Residential Zone affect me?

Basically, the same planning controls apply to your property under the GRZ as they did before 1 July under the former Residential 1 Zone.
The delay in applying the Neighbourhood Residential Zone to your property means a delay in the mandatory height limits of eight metres and controls on dwellings per property, that form part of the Council-proposed provisions for the NRZ.

 

My property was to be included in the General Residential Zone proposed by Council. How does the translation to deafult General Residential Zone proposed by the State Government affect me?

Basically, the same planning controls apply to your property under the GRZ as they did before 1 July under the former Residential 1 Zone.
The delay in applying the General Residential Zone proposed by Council to your property means a delay in the mandatory height limits of nine metres.

 

My property was to be included in the Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) proposed by Council. How does the translation to deafult General Residential Zone affect me?

The RGZ was proposed for areas as candidate sites that may be suitable for higher-density growth.

Council requested these sites be referred to the Minister’s Standing Advisory Committee for consideration and that notification of that process be sent to the affected property owners and their neighbours. The consideration by the Committee is yet to occur.

 

Will this delay allow developers to apply to construct larger and more intensive buildings on streets where there once not allowed?

No. Until this State Government makes its decision, the General Residential Zone applies to all residential parts of Yarra.

This effectively means the same planning rules on height (discretionary) and dwellings per site that applied to Yarra’s residential areas before 1 July still apply now. 

It is also important to note that other planning overlays that were already in place for particular sites, including heritage overlays, still apply to any new planning applications Council receives.

 

What happens when the State Government makes a decision?

The General Residential Zone that currently applies to all of Yarra’s residential areas will be converted to a mix of Neighbourhood Residential Zone, General Residential Zone and Residential Growth Zone. Council submitted its considered position to the Minister for Planning on 24 May 2014. Ultimately, the Minister will determine all zoning changes.

 

When is the State Government expected to make a decision?

The State Government has not provided Council or the community with a timeline for its decision. Council requested this occur no later than the end of July this year.


Further information
Toby Walker
Coordinator - Communications
9205 5120
Toby.Walker@yarracity.vic.gov.au

 

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