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Plan Melbourne & Residential Zone Refresh

March 14, 2017

Plan Melbourne Refresh

The refresh of Plan Melbourne (2017-2050) was released on Saturday. A key outcome of the revised strategic plan for our city includes the facilitation of an increased percentage of housing in established areas.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 sets out nine key Principles which forms the Vision for the strategic planning of Melbourne over the next 33 years, together with 7 outcomes, 32 directions and 90 policies. Importantly, a five year implementation plan accompanies Plan Melbourne.

Reformed Residential Zones

Released as part of Plan Melbourne are proposed changes to existing residential zones. Key changes include:

  • Removing the maximum number of dwellings on a lot requirement of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
  • Mandatory building heights in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (2 storeys) and the General Residential Zone (3 storeys)
  • Mandatory minimum garden area requirements in the Neighbourhood Residential and General Residential Zones

Existing residential zones will be formally amended later this month and transitional provision will apply.

Hansen welcomes this update, particularly the adjustment of residential zoning as this essentially allows for more housing options (such as townhouses and other subdivision) in well-established areas. This may assist new developments having less impact on established neighbourhood character – a key concern for developers, Council Planners and residents in such areas.

You can download the Plan Melbourne 2017- 2050 summary document:  Plan_Melbourne_2017-2050_Summary

You read more about the reformed residential zones here.

*Image: Heller St Brunswick, Award winning urban infill development, planning approval  by Hansen Partnership

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