Our role

The role of this committee is to consider the process by which new residential zones were implemented and also 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.

  • The committee advise on the level of evidence and justification needed when preparing relevant planning scheme amendments and recommend improvements to the residential zones.
  • The committee enables councils, the community and industry with an opportunity to be heard.

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

Committee members

  • Kathy Mitchell (Chair)
  • Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair)
  • Debra Butcher
  • Sarah Carlisle
  • Peter Gaschk
  • Sarah McDonald
  • Rachael O'Neill
  • John Riley

View the Advisory Committee member biographies (DOC, 43.5 KB)

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference can be found here: Terms of Reference (PDF, 109.62 KB)



Stage 1 - Consultation

The Managing Residential Development Taskforce prepared a series of Residential Zones State of Play reports for each of the Plan Melbourne metropolitan subregions, one combined report for the four regional cities of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe and an Overarching Report.  A list of suggested improvements to the Residential Zones has also been compiled by the Taskforce.

The Reports and List of Suggested Improvements were prepared by the Taskforce to assist the community, councils, the development industry and ultimately the Advisory Committee to review the implementation of the residential zones.

View the Residential Zones State of Play reports and associated documents

The period for making submissions to the Advisory Committee closed on 15 March 2016.

Stage 2 - Public Hearing

Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held on 1 April 2016 at Planning Panels Victoria, Melbourne.

Public Hearing

Public Hearings were held over a total of 17 days between Monday 18 April and Thursday 19 May 2016.

The Committee's Hearing Directions (PDF 54.2 KB) and Hearing Timetable Version 5  (PDF 175.2 KB) are available here.

Hearing Timeframes

The Terms of Reference at Clause 22 allow the Advisory Committee to limit the time of parties appearing before it and may regulate cross-examination. The Advisory Committee considers the following timeframes to be appropriate for parties:


Hearing timeframe

Metropolitan Melbourne Councils and Ballarat City, Greater
Bendigo, Greater Geelong and Latrobe City

up to 2 to 3 hours each

All other Councils

up to 60 minutes each

Government agencies

up to 30 to 45 minutes each

Industry groups

up to 1.5 hours each

Community groups

up to 30 minutes each

Individual submitters

up to 10-15 minutes each.

Expert Evidence

The following party provided expert evidence.

Stage 3 – Issues and Options

The Advisory Committee will submit their issues and options report to the Minister for Planning within 40 business days of the completion of the Hearings. 

Key dates

December 2015

Inception meetings with Councils and Industry bodies

10 December 2015

Submission period commenced

2 February 2016

Residential State of Play Reports made available to the public

15 March 2016

Submission period closed

1 April 2016

Directions Hearing

18 April – 19 May 2016

Public Hearing

July 2016

The Advisory Committee will report to the Minister for Planning

Further information

A series of frequently asked questions (PDF, 376.8 KB) as well as fact sheet (PDF, 211.56 KB) have been prepared for further information about the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee process.

More information about the Advisory Committee processes and the role of Planning Panels Victoria.

If you have any queries about the Advisory Committee process please contact Andrea Harwood, Senior Project Manager from Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 6744 or andrea.harwood@delwp.vic.gov.au