Review of residential zones completed
The government has completed a review of the residential zones that were introduced into Victorian planning schemes in 2014 – the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, the General Residential Zone, and the Residential Growth Zone.
Reformed residential zones were introduced to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by Amendment VC110 on 27 March 2017.
The reformed residential zones
The changes will provide a fairer approach to managing residential development, and will deliver consistent outcomes across Victoria's suburbs, towns and cities. They will deliver certainty in residential areas, regardless of where you live.
The key reforms:
- Allow councils to define neighbourhood character and design objectives to be achieved.
- Strengthen building height controls in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and the General Residential Zone.
- Introduce a new mandatory requirement for a minimum garden area to be provided in residential developments in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and General Residential Zone.
- Remove the limit on the number of dwellings that can be built on land in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
View the Reformed Residential Zones booklet for more detailed information on the reforms:
View the following fact sheets for a simple explanation of the reformed residential zones.
- Fact sheet – General information on the reformed residential zones, March 2017 (PDF, 195.0 KB)
- Fact sheet – Neighbourhood Residential Zone, March 2017 (PDF, 119.0 KB)
- Fact sheet – General Residential Zone, March 2017 (PDF, 130.4 KB)
- Fact sheet – Residential Growth Zone, March 2017 (PDF, 75.3 KB)
- Fact sheet – Maximum heights and number of storeys, March 2017 (PDF, 125.0 KB)
- Fact sheet – New minimum garden area requirement, March 2017 (PDF, 97.3 KB)
The fact sheet below explains transitional arrangements.