Our role

The role of this Committee was to consider the process by which new residential zones were implemented and 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 was asked to 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 was not the role of the Committee however to consider requests to rezone specific sites.

Terms of reference

Read the Advisory Committee terms of reference:  Terms of Reference (PDF, 109.6 KB).

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).



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 was also 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.

Stage 3 – Issues and Options

The Advisory Committee submitted their issues and options report to the Minister for Planning in July 2016.

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 reported to the Minister for Planning


View the Advisory Committee report (PDF, 1.4 MB) or (DOCX, 1.2 MB).

More information

A series of frequently asked questions  (PDF, 376.8 KB) and a fact sheet (PDF, 211.6 KB) have been prepared for further information about the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee process.

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

If you have any queries please contact:

Planning Panels Victoria 
☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5137
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 22/08/19