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New Residential Zones

December 2015 -  State Government 'Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee' appointed

The Minister for Planning has appointed an advisory committee to consider zones that provide for residential development.

You can make an online submission directly to the Government at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 29 February 2016.

For more information see Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee.

October 2015 - Updated amendments - Amendment C118 and Amendment C123

Council adopted its ‘Stage 2’ translation to the New Residential Zones in August 2014. Stage 2 (Amendment C114) built upon the earlier Amendment C113 (Stage 1) to provide some additional housing opportunities in selected areas, through wider application of the General Residential Zone and Residential Growth Zone. Property owners were consulted during both stages of the project.

Both amendments were forwarded to the Minister for Planning (in May and August 2014 respectively) with a request for a Ministerial amendment to introduce the new zones into the Port Phillip Planning Scheme.

In June 2015, Council received correspondence from the Minister for Planning requesting that it undertake some further work including:

  • Combining Amendments C113 and C114.
  • Considering some refinements to the proposed controls, including replacing Council proposed use of a sliding density scale (within the Neighbourhood Residential Zone) to a single site density. (It is noted that the City of Yarra’s sliding density scale was changed to a maximum of 5 dwellings on a lot for most of the municipality.)
  • Considering some additional areas for application of the General Residential Zone.

Council considered a report on the matter on 27 October 2015.

Amendment C118

At this meeting, Council adopted  Amendment C118 as its updated translation of the New Residential Zones across Port Phillip.  The updated amendment has been forwarded to the Minister for Planning with a request for a Ministerial amendment to implement the new zones.

The updated amendment:
  • Combines Amendments C113 and C114 into a single amendment.
  • Replaces the proposed sliding density scale in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone with a maximum of either two or four dwellings on a lot, applied across the municipality.
  • Makes changes to local schedules to implement the above changes and to reduce duplication.

See Amendment C118 for details of the amendment.

Amendment C123

At the meeting, Council also proposed to provide the Minister for Planning with an alternative option. Council endorsed Amendment C123 as an alternative that addressed all of the matters for review raised by Minister. 

Under this option, Council has defined specific areas across St Kilda, East St Kilda, Ripponlea and Elwood (initially proposed as Neighbourhood Residential Zone) where a further review of zoning would occur followed by a full exhibition planning scheme amendment process. These areas would remain in a General Residential Zone, as a 'default' position, while the further strategic work takes place. For the rest of the municipality, the zones as applied in Amendment C118 are proposed.

Further details of this option and the review areas can be found in the 27 October 2015 Council Report.

August 2014 - Council adopted Stage 2 of the New Residential Zones (Amendment C114)

At its meeting on 26 August 2014, Council resolved to adopt ‘Stage 2’ of the translation to New Residential Zones having considered submissions received during community consultation held across June 2014.

Stage 2 proposed some changes to the residential zones originally proposed (in Stage 1), to provide additional well-located housing opportunities. This includes additional areas identified as appropriate for the General Residential Zone (replacing the Neighbourhood Residential Zone in Stage 1) and the Residential Growth Zone (replacing the General Residential Zone in Stage 1).

Council adopted ‘Stage 2’ as proposed at consultation, with the exception of a reduction in the maximum height limit applying to properties in Fawkner, Havelock and Clyde Streets, St Kilda. In this area, an 8m mandatory height limit was adopted (replacing the 10m height limit originally proposed) to better reflect the predominance of low rise Victorian terraces. The General Residential Zone will still apply.

Council also resolved to advocate to the Minister for Planning to amend the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) within the Victoria Planning Provisions, to facilitate the delivery of aged persons housing by exempting it from the limits on dwellings per lot in that zone.

Further information is available in the 26 August 2014 Council Report and the Minutes.

July 2014 - Minister introduced the General Residential Zone on an interim basis

On 1 July 2014, the Residential 1 and 2 Zones were replaced with the General Residential Zone across Port Phillip (through a State Planning Amendment VC116) on an interim basis (due to processing delays within the State Government).

At the end of June 2014, the City of Port Phillip was advised that due to processing delays within the State Government, the Council's Stage 1 translation of the new residential zones in Port Phillip would not be approved by 1 July. (Council submitted all required documentation within the timelines set by the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.)

June 2014 - Stage 2 consultation undertaken

In response to community feedback during 'Stage 1', Council identified some specific precincts where a change in the proposed zone to either a General Residential Zone or a Residential Growth Zone could be applied to provide new housing opportunities.

Before deciding whether to adopt these changes, Council consulted on the changes with property owners. (All property owners affected by Stage 2 changes were directly notified by letter.)

Consultation on Stage 2 was undertaken in June 2014. A total of 138 submissions were received, with an additional four late responses.

The submissions highlighted:

  • Diverse views about Council’s overall approach. Views ranged from a preference to retain the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (proposed in Stage1) and its density controls, to contrasting comments that the approach is should allow for even further housing growth.
  • Approximately 50% of submitters supported the criteria used to identify specific precincts for additional housing growth.

May 2014 - Council adopted Amendment C113 (Stage 1) and a “two stage approach’ to new residential zones

On 13 May 2013, considered submissions to the 'consultation proposal'. It also resolved to adopt a two stage process to implement the new residential zones:

  • Stage 1 - Council adopted a 'Stage 1' translation of the New Residential Zones and resolved to request the Minister for Planning undertake an amendment (Amendment C113) to implement the new residential zones. This was forwarded to the Minister for Planning for approval.     
  • Stage 2  - The Stage 2 process would consider further potential changes to zoning for specific areas, following consultation with affected property owners.


More details are available in the 13 May 2014 Council Report and Minutes.

February / March 2014 - Council released a 'consultation proposal'

In February / March 2014 Council released a 'consultation proposal' which applied the State Government's three new residential zones across Port Phillip - the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, the General Residential Zone and the Residential Growth Zone.

During the consultation, Council sought feedback on where is proposed to apply the new zones.

More details are available in 11 February 2014 Council Report and Minutes.

What zone will apply to my property?Click to use the interactive Residential Zones Map


To see what zone (and schedule) is proposed to apply to your property and surrounding neighbourhood in Stage 2, click the image to the right. The specific precincts that are proposed to change as part of Stage 2 are shown in light blue / teal (for new RGZ areas) and purple (for new GRZ areas). The map also shows the proposed zoning under Stage 1 (Amendment C113).

How to use the interactive map:

 Type in your address and click enter to find your property.

  1. To see your existing and proposed zoning, click on the map. Take note of the schedule number after the zone name (e.g. Neighbourhood Residential Zone 1 or General Residential Zone 2).
  2. For further information about each of the new zones, click on the link in the map or in the legend below the map.
  3. Click on ‘Base map’ to change the background image (e.g. displaying an aerial photo).            

What are the zones?

The three new zones are:

Residential Growth Zone  General Residential Zone  Neighbourhood Residential Zone
Allows for increased housing growth and densities Allows for some multi-unit development in areas with good access to shops, services and public transport. New development must respect neighbourhood character. Provides for limited growth in established residential areas that are more distant from shops and public transport, and protects heritage and neighbourhood character.

How to find out more information

Background documents

Find out more by reading these background documents.

Consultation Analysis and Options Paper

Consultation Analysis and Options Paper [PDF, 1.8MB] - The Consultation Analysis and Options Paper outline Council's response to comments during the consultation. The paper also outlined the options developed for Council's consideration and in response to comments on specific sites and precincts.

Development Implications

Port Phillip's Housing Growth and Capacity [PDF, 218KB] - Highlights Council's 'city-wide' approach to providing for housing growth and summarises the opportunities impacts of the new zones (and Stage 2 options) on development potential.


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