Proposed new residential zones

Panel hearing begins on 05 September 2016

GW aerial photo

Council has referred proposed changes to Monash’s residential zones to an independent planning panel for review.

Everyone who has made a submission to Council about the proposed changes (also known as Amendment C125 to the Monash Planning Scheme) will be invited to speak at the panel hearing.

The panel will hold its hearing at the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley) in September and October 2016.

The hearing will be held Monday-Thursday in the weeks beginning 5 and 12 September and then on Monday 26 September, Wednesday 28 September, Thursday 29 September, Monday 3 October and Monday 10 October.

The panel is required to provide its assessment and recommendations within 40 business days of the last day of the hearing.

If you have any questions or would like to provide any feedback to Council on this matter, please contact Council's Strategic Planning team on 9518 3555.

Update - 27 July 2016

At its meeting on 27 July, Council resolved to include an area of Glen Waverley (bounded by Springvale, Waverley, Gallaghers and High Street Roads) in a Neighbourhood Residential Zone, as had been originally proposed.

In May, Council had resolved to include this area in a General Residential Zone. However, residents from this neighbourhood contacted Council to oppose this change and to request that their area go back into a Neighbourhood Residential Zone. Neighbourhood Residential Zones provide more protection of existing character whereas General Residential Zones provide more flexibility to property owners.

The area bounded by Highbury Road, Springvale Road, High Street Road and Westlands Road/Camelot Drive is still proposed to be zoned General Residential.

To read the motion Council adopted on this matter, see Notice of Motion - Extent of Proposed Neighbourhood Residential Zone 4 (PDF, 135KB)

Overview of what is proposed

Under the proposed changes to Monash's residential zones, there would be more protection against massive concrete overdevelopments. At the same time, local families would still have flexibility to redevelop their properties to meet their needs.

Council believes the proposed changes strike the right balance for the community. We are grateful to all local residents and property owners who have given us their views, as hearing from so many people has helped Council determine the right balance for the community. There are very divergent views in our community - between people seeking strong protections against redevelopment and people seeking total flexibility to develop their properties - so it has been a long task to achieve a middle ground.

While Council believes it has achieved an appropriate middle ground, it is interested in receiving an independent assessment. Council will consider the panel’s views before putting a final proposal forward to the Minister for Planning.

Specific changes being proposed

Under the changes being proposed by Council:

  • 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 amount of a site that is taken up with buildings to 50% (the current limit is 60%)
  • 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.

The above changes all flow from the Monash Housing Strategy, which was adopted in 2014. Here is more information on the Monash Housing Strategy.

The specific measures which Council is proposing and which will be considered by the panel include:

  • Reducing the maximum amount of coverage that buildings have across a property block (the site coverage) from the current limit of 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

  • Increasing the minimum parcel of private open space required on individual properties from 35m2 to 50m2 in most areas of Monash, except in areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks where the proposal is to increase to a 60m2 parcel. The aim of this measure is to encourage people to have garden areas with room for trees. There has been no increase in the total amount of private open space required on individual properties - this remains at 75m2.

  • Introducing a rear setback of six or seven metres in areas near the Damper, Gardiners and Scotchmans Creeks. A rear setback is the distance between the back fence and a dwelling. Rear setbacks aren’t being proposed in other areas of Monash as many community members said the setbacks would place too much restriction on redevelopment

  • Requiring a minimum of two canopy trees in new multi-unit developments. There is no specific height set for the trees. Instead, 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 Road, Springvale Road, High Street Road and Westlands Road/Camelot Drive) is proposed to be included in a General Residential Zone, rather than a more restrictive Neighbourhood Residential Zone as originally proposed.

Here is the report (and attachments) that Council considered at its 31 May 2016 meeting. Please note: Council adopted the report's recommendations without any changes.

Proposed residential zones - report considered at 31 May 2016 meeting (PDF, 230KB)

Map of proposed zones (Attachment 1) (PDF, 471KB)

Summary of changes (Attachment 2) (PDF, 122KB)

Additional strategic research (Attachment 3) (PDF, 190KB)

In-principle position adopted at 29 March 2016 meeting (Attachment 4) (PDF, 69KB)

Summary of community consultations (Attachment 5) (PDF, 148KB)

Summary of verbal submissions (Attachment 6) (PDF, 140KB)

Proposed zone corrections (Attachment 7)  (PDF, 1MB)




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