New Zones

The new residential zones were introduced by the Victorian Government in July 2013 to replace the old Residential 1, 2 and 3 Zones.

Previously, all residential land in the City of Boroondara was either within the Residential 1 or Residential 2 Zone. Key features of these old zones were:

  • No mandatory height limits, a discretionary 9 metres height limit applied that could be exceeded.
  • No limits on the number of dwellings that could be built on a lot.

The three new residential zones - Neighbourhood Residential, General Residential and Residential Growth - provide clearer guidance on what type of residential development will be supported in particular locations.

Council's original proposal was based on the adopted Neighbourhood Character Study 2013.  For more information on the Neighbourhood Character Study please visit Council's website. The new residential zones:

  • Provide greater certainty due to mandatory building heights in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone 3 and the General Residential Zone 1, 2 and 3. Mandatory building heights cannot be varied or appealed at VCAT.
  • Retain third party notice and appeal rights.
  • Provide a balanced policy framework that meets future housing needs, maintains liveability and protects neighbourhood character and heritage.

Neighbourhood Residential Zone

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Neighbourhood Residential Zone

The Neighbourhood Residential Zone provides for limited growth with an emphasis on preserving the existing neighbourhood character.

Neighbourhood Residential Zone 3

Key features of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone 3 (NRZ3) are:

  • An 8 metres mandatory maximum height limit for a dwelling or residential building (not applicable to non-residential buildings)* 

  • A maximum 2 dwellings on a lot

The NRZ3 replaces the NRZ1 and NRZ2 as originally proposed by Council (without any minimum lot size for subdivision). 

 

* Maximum building height not applicable to non-residential buildings. Further exemptions exist for specific circumstances. Please refer to the provisions of the zone available for download below.

To download of copy of the NRZ3, please use the property search function on the left.  

» Download Zone Provisions (PDF)

General Residential Zone

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General Residential Zone

The General Residential Zone (GRZ) allows for incremental change and modest housing growth that respects and preserves the established neighbourhood character.  The GRZ is the most similar new zone to the previous Residential 1 Zone but is more restrictive as a result of the mandatory height limits. 

General Residential Zone 1 (GRZ1)

Key feature of the the General Residential Zone 1 (GRZ1) is: 

  • A 9 metres mandatory maximum height limit for a dwelling or residential building*

General Residential Zone 2 (GRZ2) 

Key feature of the the General Residential Zone 2 (GRZ2) is:

  • A 10.5 metres mandatory maximum height limit for a dwelling or residential building*

General Residential Zone 3 (GRZ3) 

Key feature of the the General Residential Zone 3 (GRZ3) is:

  • A 10.5 metres mandatory maximum height limit for a dwelling or residential building*

General Residential Zone 4 (GRZ4) 

Key feature of the the General Residential Zone 4 (GRZ4) is:

  • A 9 metres discretionary height limit for a dwelling or residential building*

 

* Maximum building height not applicable to non-residential buildings. Further exemptions exist for specific circumstances.  Please refer to the provisions of the zone available for download below. 

To download of copy of the schedule that applies to your property, please use the property search function on the left.  

» Download Zone Provisions (PDF)

Residential Growth Zone

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Residential Growth Zone

The Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) enables new housing growth and allows greater diversity in appropriate locations and encourages the greatest residential density and scale of development amongst the three new residential zones

Residential Growth Zone 1

Key features of the Residential Growth Zone 1 (RGZ1) are:

  • a 13.5 metres discretionary building height limit that can be exceeded*
  • no permit required for the construction or extension of a single dwelling on lots larger than 300m2.

Precincts included in the RGZ1 comprise a high percentage of apartment buildings of three or more storeys along main roads.

 

* Maximum building height not applicable to non-residential buildings. Further exemptions for specific circumstances exist. Please refer to the provisions of the zone available for download below.

To download a copy of the RGZ1, please use the property search function to the left. 

» Download Zone Provisions (PDF)

Zoning Map

View a map of the new residential zones

What has not been approved by the Minister?

The Minister for Planning did not support the following planning provisions that were proposed by Council:

  • Neighbourhood Residential Zones 1 and 2 (including minimum lot sizes for subdivision of 500sqm and 300sqm) - these zones have been replaced by the Neighbourhood Residential Zone 3 (without any minimum lot size for subdivsion);
  • Higher development standards for front setback, site coverage, permeability, landscaping, side and rear setbacks and private open space in the various schedules to all zones;
  • Mandatory height limit for the Residential Growth Zone;
  • The revised Discretionary Uses Local Planning Policy (Clause 22.04);
  • The new Neighbourhood Character Local Planning Policy (Clause 22.07) which proposed to translate the adopted Neighbourhood Character Study into the Boroondara Planning Scheme;
  • Design and Development Overlay Schedule 21 - Single Storey Character Areas which aimed to retain the consistent single storey character of some areas; and
  • Design and Development Overlay Schedule 22 - Low Front Fence Areas which was to be applied to areas where low front fences make a significant contribution to the character of the area.

Have Your Say

How can I have my say?

The feedback period has now closed. Council officers are in the process of reviewing all submisisons that have been received.  

What will happen after the close of the feedback period?

Following the close of the feedback period, Council Officers will review all feedback received and investigate whether any anomalies exist in the way the new zones have been applied to properties or broader areas. Following the review of the feedback a report will be considered by the Urban Planning Special Committee on the outcomes of the feedback and review process. This report will be considered at a public meeting and residents will have the opportunity to address the Committee. 

If the Committee agrees that there are anomalies, Council will initiate a planning scheme amendment to make the necessary changes. This planning scheme amendment process will involve further formal consultation with affected property owners and consideration of submissions by an independent planning panel. Affected property owners and submitters will be notified of any future Urban Planning Special Committee Meetings where the matter will be considered and will have the opportunity to address the Committee.

 

Contact

Where can I get more information?

 

Internet

Search your property using the property search function above to check: 

  • the zoning of your property and download the zone provisions.
  • which neighbourhood character precinct your property is located within and download the precinct statement.

Visit Council's website www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/c190 to access general information about the amendment.

 

Phone

Speak to a Strategic Planning Officer on 9278 4815 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

For information in your preferred language, please call 9278 4444.

 

PHONE

 9278 4815

IN PERSON 

Camberwell Office

8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

8.30am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

IN WRITING

Strategic Planning Department

City of Boroondara

Private Bag 1

Camberwell VIC 3124