Are you concerned about growth and development in Bayside? Do you know what to expect in your neighbourhood in the future?
Join us for Let’s Talk Planning – a deeper look at growth and development in Bayside.
The Victorian Government has mandated that all areas in and around Melbourne (not just Bayside) must take their share of our state’s population growth. This we cannot change.
For Bayside this means an additional 7,500 homes by 2036.
However, many residents are already concerned that Bayside is being overdeveloped and want Council to stop growth, or better manage the impacts on traffic, trees and vegetation, and the character of an area. Planning and development was one of the top three local issues raised in the latest community satisfaction survey in early 2021.
It’s a challenge, and there is no easy solution. So we’re starting an open and honest conversation about it.
We've kicked off the conversation below by answering some common questions. Check these out and then tell us - what do you want to know more about? What topics would you like explored? What questions would you like us to answer?
We will update the questions and answers on this page regularly and from early next year explore the key topics raised in more detail – openly and honestly. Look out for articles in Let’s Talk Bayside magazine, This Week in Bayside enewsletter and updates on social media. You can also sign-up for the enewsletter to receive updates direct to your inbox.
Bayside’s population is growing and also changing:
- Over the last five years to 2021, our population grew by 6,464 residents
- Our population is expected to increase by a further 11,493 residents by 2031 and 25,337 by 2050
- Household sizes are decreasing, with more lone person households than ever before
- Our community is getting older with higher levels of disability
- An estimated 7,500 new homes will be needed by 2036 for our growing community that meet their changing needs and preferences.
Bayside has some of the strongest planning regulations in all of Metropolitan Melbourne:
- 83% of Bayside is zoned for minimal growth, with a mandatory two-storey height limit – one of the highest proportions of any Victorian municipality
Mandatory height limits are in place across almost all of Bayside (as opposed to discretionary limits which are more easily challenged), so the scale of future development is clear.
A mix of development is happening throughout Bayside:
- Almost half of development in Bayside is incremental growth, such as side-by-side townhouses
- Medium and high-density development is designated to activity/shopping centres and priority sites (limited to approximately 15% of Bayside).
Council is building on its existing framework to manage growth:
- Each activity centre has a vision and tailored planning provisions
- A Housing Strategy and an Affordable Housing Strategy are in place
- An Open Space Strategy is in place
- Heritage studies are currently being updated and extended
- Neighbourhood Character Guidelines are being reviewed and we are currently seeking community feedback on Bayside’s General Residential Zones (GRZs) via Have Your Say.
Your questions and answers
Residential Strategic Framework Plan
General Residential Zones in the following locations:
- Church Street Activity Centre
- Bay Street Activity Centre
- Martin Street Activity Centre
- Hampton Street Activity Centre
- Sandringham Village Activity Centre
- Pennydale Activity Centre
- Elsternwick Housing Growth Area
- Cheltenham Housing Growth Area