Residents and/or property owners are encouraged to have their say regarding Council’s in-principle position on changes to Monash’s residential zones.
How to have your say
Council reached its in-principle position at its meeting on 29 March 2016, after considering community feedback.
In reaching this position, Council is trying to achieve a middle ground so Monash’s ‘garden city’ character is retained, while at the same time property owners have flexibility to redevelop their properties.
Council has withdrawn or reduced some of its original proposals, after receiving feedback that the measures would place too much restriction on people’s abilities to redevelop their properties.
Council’s in-principle position tries to achieve this balance by:
- Reducing the maximum amount of coverage that buildings have across a property block (the site coverage) from 60% to 50%. In environmentally sensitive areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks, the maximum site coverage is proposed to be 40% - 45%. Most properties in Monash have a site coverage lower than 50%. However, occasionally there are new constructions that exceed this coverage. This proposed limit on site coverage responds to community concerns about overdevelopment
- Amending a previous proposal that a 60m2 parcel of private open space be required in new developments. Council is now proposing a 50m2 minimum parcel of private open space, except in areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks where the proposal is still for a 60m2 parcel
- Withdrawing a previous proposal for a five metre setback between houses and the rear fence, as some people said this was heavy-handed. Importantly, a rear setback of six or seven metres is proposed in areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks
- Requiring a minimum of two canopy trees (not three canopy trees as initially proposed in some areas) in new multi-unit developments. In addition, it is proposed that there be no specific height set for these trees: it is proposed that the height of the trees be linked to the height of the new units (so if a site has a single storey building, the canopy trees only need to be as high as that building but if it has a double storey building, the canopy trees need to meet the height of that building)
- An area of Glen Waverley (bounded by Highbury, Springvale, Waverley, Gallaghers and Westlands Rds and Camelot Dr) is proposed to be included in a General Residential Zone (rather than a more restrictive Neighbourhood Residential Zone as originally proposed).
Here is a media release: Council reaches in-principle position on changes to residential zones
Here is a report from Council's planning staff that Council considered before reaching its in-principle decision:
4.2 Report: Implementation of the New Residential Zones - Community Feedback & Outcomes of Independent Review (PDF, 327KB)
For attachments to the above report, please see the Item 4.2 on the Meeting Agenda
Here is the decision that Council made at its 29 March 2016 meeting:
4.2 Decision: Implementation of the New Residential Zones - Community Feedback & Outcomes of Independent Review
How to have your say
Submissions on Council’s in-principle position can be made until Friday 29 April 2016 via:
- Mail to: Strategic Planning, c/o Monash Council, PO Box 1, Glen Waverley 3150
- Calling 9518 3555 (ask for Strategic Planning).
You can also make a public verbal submission to Councillors at a Special Council meeting on Tuesday 3 May 2016, from 6.30pm. This meeting is being held at the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley).
Verbal submissions will be limited to 5 minutes per person to allow adequate time for all submitters. (Depending on the number of presentations, this time may be reduced to 3 minutes).
If you’d like to speak to your submission at this meeting, please indicate this in your written submission or register separately by Friday 29 April by contacting Strategic Planning on 9518 3555.
Which zones are proposed where?
You can visit this interactive website, enter your address and see which zone is proposed for your property: www.newresidentialzonesmonash.com.au
Alternatively, here is a map showing which zones are proposed in different parts of Monash:
Map of Proposed Residential Zones (PDF, 858KB)
Please note: in the above map, NRZ represents Neighbourhood Residential Zone, GRZ represents General Residential Zone and RGZ represents Residential Growth Zone.
- More of Monash would be zoned Neighbourhood Residential (NRZ), a zoning which limits opportunities for increased residential development. Council is proposing to introduce the NRZ zoning across the Dandenong Creek Escarpment (taking in the majority of Wheelers Hill plus parts of Glen Waverley and Mulgrave). It is also proposed that properties abutting or interfacing with the Gardiners, Damper and Scotchmans Creeks (in Ashwood, Burwood, Chadstone, Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley) be rezoned Neighbourhood Residential. Currently, heritage precincts in Oakleigh and Hughesdale are the only parts of Monash that are zoned NRZ.
- Stronger guidelines are being proposed for development in areas zoned General Residential, which is the zoning proposed for the majority of Monash. For example, Council is proposing guidelines to limit the site coverage to 50%
- Residential Growth Zones are being proposed for parts of Clayton and Notting Hill, in and around the Clayton Activity Centre and the Monash National Employment Cluster. These changes are being proposed at the request of the Metropolitan Planning Authority, a State Government body. These proposed zonings would create capacity for at least 7,000 new dwellings over a 10-year period in the Clayton and cluster areas.
- Residential Growth Zones are also being proposed in some parts of the Glen Waverley Activity Centre.
These changes all flow from the Monash Housing Strategy, which was adopted in 2014. Here is more information on the Monash Housing Strategy.