Melbourne’s northern council areas have the most land zoned for future housing and urban infill, while inner south areas such as Glen Eira and Bayside have far less land zoned for density, according to an independent planning review of Victoria’s residential zones.
“State of Play” reports have been released for suburban subregions and regional cities, part of the Andrews Labor Government’s review of residential zone changes, introduced under the previous government.
The review was an election commitment after the previous Liberal government rushed through major zone changes which drew criticism from neighbourhood groups, local government and the property industry for a lack of consultation an inconsistent approach across councils.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said land rezonings needed careful consideration, as zoning changes impact land values and dictate population concentration and housing density.
An independent advisory committee will use the information gathered to provide advice about future zone changes, to the need to protect neighbourhood character and cater for population growth.
The State of Play reports are available online and include demographic and population figures, and a breakdown of land zoned for residential development, future housing supply and anticipated residential growth.
Submissions are now open to the public and encouraged residents and businesses to provide feedback on how residential zones have changed, and make suggestions for improvements.
This is the first time a Victorian Government has compiled detailed analysis of how suburbs were growing and changing through development.
The review will establish whether Victoria’s residential zones require adjusting, however Mr Wynne has ruled out a block-by-block approach.
Mr Wynne said any future zoning changes would be transparent and draw on advice from the independent committee and reflect community expectations and input.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“We need a planning system which the community has confidence in, we need to maintain our neighbourhoods but also need to encourage new development in the right locations so housing supply keeps up with population growth.”
“We cannot make big changes to planning rules without looking at the long-term impact and making sure industry and the community is included.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020