Protecting our neighbourhoods

26 March 2014

Development will be restricted to two storeys, only two dwellings will be allowed per block and subdivision will be limited to a minimum block size of 400 square metres under proposed new planning restrictions that will apply to most of Bayside’s residential areas.

Council has applied to the Minister for Planning to protect more than 80 per cent of Bayside’s residential neighbourhood through the new Neighbourhood Residential Zone designed to protect the existing amenity of residential streets.

Bayside Mayor Laurence Evans said this responds to sentiment strongly articulated by the community during the development of the Bayside Housing Strategy (2012).

“Increased demand for housing to accommodate Melbourne’s growing population will place more pressure on our residential neighbourhoods.

“Protecting the amenity, neighbourhood character and streetscapes of our residential neighbourhoods is paramount. We need to ensure development is consistent with and enhances Bayside’s valued urban character,” Cr Evans said.

The Minister for Planning has made it clear that Bayside needs to accommodate the use of the Residential Growth Zone over at least 3 per cent of its residential land.

Council had originally identified 0.1 per cent of Bayside’s residential land to be zoned under the Residential Growth Zone. Council has now agreed to refer 3.02 per cent to a Ministerial Standing Committee for review on the understanding that approval of Council’s request to apply the Neighbourhood Residential Zone is imminent.

The Residential Growth Zone is designed to encourage diverse housing types and increased densities up to and including four storeys. It is applied to areas that offer good access to services, transport and other infrastructure.

The State Government has identified railway lines as key corridors that can support population growth. Council will ask the Minister to refer areas around Southland and parts of Hampton East (Moorabbin), Cheltenham and Highett to an independent committee to advise on the suitability of these areas for inclusion in the Residential Growth Zone.

“Affected property owners and residents will have the opportunity to make submissions to the committee and their views will be taken into account in the committee’s recommendations to the Minister. Council will also seek a three storey height control in the Residential Growth Zone,” Cr Evans said.

Victorian councils have until 1 July 2014 to introduce the new residential zones. After this date the General Residential Zone which provides for moderate housing growth will apply to all residential land where the new zones have not been applied. For more information go to bayside.vic.gov.au/ latestprojects


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