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Residential Zones Review: Managing Residential Development

The Victorian Government is reviewing the application of zones that provide residential development in Melbourne and Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe cities. The Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee was appointed to undertake the review.  The purpose of the Committee is to:

  • Consider the process by which the new residential zones were implemented.
  • Review the current application of zones that allow for residential development in the context of managing Melbourne and Victoria's residential growth in a sustainable manner and improving housing affordability.
  • Advise on the level of evidence and justification needed when preparing relevant planning scheme amendments.
  • Recommend improvements to the residential zones.
  • Provide councils, the community and the industry with an opportunity to be heard. 

It is not the role of the Committee to consider requests to rezone specific sites. 

A report entitled ‘Residential State of Play’ has been prepared for the Committee by a taskforce. The suite of Reports can now be viewed at Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning. 

You can make an online submission directly to the Government at the Department of Environment, Land, Water & PlanningSubmissions close at 5pm on Monday 14 March 2016.

For more information go to : Managing Residential Development


LaTrobe Employment Cluster

Plan Melbourne identifies the La Trobe Employment Cluster as an emerging cluster with strengths in education, research, health and retail.  It includes a number of significant employment activities (such as La Trobe University and its industrial surrounds, Northland Shopping Centre and Austin Biomedical Alliance Precinct) and a concentration of other health, research, commercial and retail activities in and around the Heidelberg Activity Centre. There are currently 25,700 jobs in the cluster.

The cluster represents an opportunity to increase the number and diversity of jobs in the subregion. Each location in the cluster has different strengths and contributions to make to the economy.

Key partners for the future of this cluster include Banyule City Council, Darebin City Council, La Trobe University and Austin Health.  The Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA), key stakeholders and councils are working together to develop a framework that will guide and attract more investment. 

For more information go to : Employment Clusters



Yarra River

The State Government is currently reviewing planning scheme controls for the entire Yarra River corridor. This includes a revised State Planning Policy which relates to the Yarra River and updated overlay controls within six metropolitan municipalities to manage development along the river between Punt Road, Richmond and Warrandyte.

In December 2015, the State Government introduced a new policy at Clause 12 ‘Environment and Landscape Values’ replacing the existing policy found at Clause 11.04-9 in the State Planning Policy Framework.  This update gives stronger effect to the policy importance of the Yarra River. This policy update has been gazetted and can be viewed at Amendment VC121.

In 2016, more work will be done to review existing planning scheme controls for the Yarra River.

The Government is concurrently looking at wider public land management and governance arrangements for the Yarra River.  This includes an election commitment to introduce the future Yarra River Trust. 

For more information go to : Yarra River Planning


New Planning Strategy for Metropolitan Melbourne

The Victorian State Government has committed to a review of the metropolitan strategy Plan Melbourne to ensure the strategy accurately reflects community and expert priorities and advice.

Plan Melbourne was originally released by the previous state government in June 2014.

A discussion paper entitled Plan Melbourne Refresh was developed to guide consultation with local government, industry, planning experts and the community and the submissions and feedback received will inform a revised Plan Melbourne 2016. 

The Plan Melbourne Refresh does not intend to comprehensively revisit Plan Melbourne but it does look to strengthen its focus on housing affordability, climate change and energy efficiency and update Government transport commitments.

Submissions to the Plan Melbourne refresh discussion paper closed on Friday 18 December 2015. The Government is undertaking a transparent process and will be making submissions available online in due course.

It is expected that the State Government will review all the submissions it receives and publish a revised version of Plan Melbourne in 2016.

For more information go to : Plan Melbourne Refresh


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