Victorian planning zone reform

Residential zone reforms announced by Spring Street

Since the introduction of the new residential zones in 2014, ratio: have been actively involved advocating about issues surrounding their implementation. Collaborating with other consultants, ratio: has been actively involved in the past 4 years seeking to influence the appropriate application of the zones. Our view has always been that the Zones should allow for the increased density and diversity of housing consistent with the location of...

VPELA seminar and the Minister for Planning

Last Tuesday I attended a VPELA seminar where the Minister for Planning (Richard Wynne) was the guest speaker. The purpose of the evening was for the Minister to provide an update on how the State Government is progressing with reforming the planning system. The Minister presented well and his enthusiasm on a number of issues, which he was able to back up with practical examples, made his presentation quite engaging. In response to high rise...

Government should re-assess the neighbourhood planning zones

It’s been just over two years since the Victorian Government’s controversial Neighbourhood Residential Zones were gazetted, which restricted new apartment development to certain ‘zones’ within each suburb, thus limiting development on side streets and other designated areas to single-lot dwellings. The planning amendment was one long fought for by the residents of some of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs like those surrounding Marshall White’s...

State Government reneges on new Residential Zone in Bayside

In June the Minister for Planning approved approximately 82 per cent of Bayside’s residential land for inclusion within the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (the most restrictive zone). In doing so the Minister requested that Council apply the Residential Growth Zone, which allows development up to 4 storeys to 3 per cent of its residential land. Reluctantly Council proposed draft Amendment C125 allocating 3 per cent of residential land around...

Planning Minister approves new residential zones in 39 Victorian LGAs

Consistent with the Planning Minister’s approach for making a splash, he announced on Friday (13/6) that 39 Victorian municipalities will have their current residential zones converted into the new suite of residential zones as of today. Whilst the amendments also make some other changes, like including business zoned land into the reformed Commercial Zones, the main theme of the Special Government Gazette was the implementation of the new...

The state of new planning zone reforms - May 2014

With only a few weeks to go until the deadline for Local Government Areas (LGA) to finalise and have their reformed planning zones ticked off by the Planning Minister, Ratio consultants - who have been following the process closely - have published an update on the state of play with the various metropolitan LGAs. Ratio is tracking the status of each LGA's implementation of the reformed planning zones, linking to related council-specific...

New Residential Zones - what does this mean for Melbourne

The State Government released new Residential Zones for implementation in July 2013. These zones effectively sought to replace the Residential 1, 2 and 3 Zones with the general Residential (GRZ), Residential Growth (RGZ) and Neighbourhood Residential (NRZ) Zones. A major departure from the existing zone controls is the mandatory nature of many of the requirements, including: In the NRZ restricting development to two dwellings per lot, setting a...
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Reformed planning zones: City of Stonnington

On December 24th City of Stonnington lodged a request seeking approval for new planning zones with the State Government. According to the still active DPCD website " Reformed residential zones for Victoria have been approved to better respond to present-day requirements and will give greater clarity about the type of development that can be expected in any residential area." With that in mind City of Stonnington, like all metropolitan Melbourne...

Greater Dandenong reformed planning zones implemented

As someone who grew up in the outer South East beyond Dandenong, the announcement - made yesterday by the Planning Minister - where Greater Dandenong reformed Planning Zones have been implemented has perked a fair bit of personal interest. For more than a decade Greater Dandenong has been in and out of the planning news with many attempts to kick of the revitalisation of Central Dandenong - it comes as no surprise Greater Dandenong is one of the...

Reformed planning zones: City of Moreland

The City of Moreland has been busy drafting new zones made possible by the Planning Minister's state-wide planning zone reform and has kicked off a mail & online campaign to get its residents engaged on the proposed new residential zones their strategic planners have drafted. At first glance. Moreland have been quite liberal in their proposal now open for public comment - click here to view the dedicated site and full supporting document...

Development & Planning

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 16:00
Located just one kilometere from Brighton’s Bay Street retail strip, MAST is the latest apartment development to take advantage of Brighton's bayside location and cosmopolitan lifestyle, which includes a vibrant and diverse mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and shopping.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00
Agenda item 6.1 at the upcoming Future Melbourne committee meeting at City of Melbourne includes a meaty document that seeks to reshape the way new CBD and Southbank developments are composed, and similarly how they're presented to all of us on the footpath.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.