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New Residential Zones

Council Adopts Stage 2 of the New Residential Zones      
Minister introduces the GRZ on an interim basis
Council adopts 'two stage' approach
Consultation on Stage 2
What zone will apply to my property?
What are the zones?
To find out more information
Background documents

Update on New Residential  Zones - Amendments C113 and C114

Council adopted its ‘Stage 2’ translation to the New Residential Zones back 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.

This remains Council’s position in relation to the implementation of the New Residential Zones across Port Phillip.

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.

Council has now received correspondence from the Minister for Planning, requested 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.


Further work is being carried out by Council officers to address the above matters, and the Council is expected to consider a further report on the matter in late October 2015. All individuals and groups who made written submissions during the earlier Stage 1 and 2 consultation processes will be notified before the Council meeting and invited to attend.

It is envisaged that following submission of an updated (combined) zone translation to the Minister – that this may be referred to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee (an independent committee set up to review the application of the new zones). Again all submitters would be advised of and able to participate in this process.

Council Adopts Stage 2 of the New Residential Zones

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.

Additional Background – Council’s Two Stage Approach

In May, Council 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.

On 1 July 2014, the Minister for Planning applied the General Residential Zone across Port Phillip on an interim basis (due to processing delays within the State Government).

Stage 2 The Stage 2 process considered further potential changes to zoning for specific areas, following consultation with affected property owners.

What the community told us in Stage 2 consultation?

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.

When will Council’s proposed new zones be applied?

Amendment C114 which implements Stage 2 will be forwarded to the Minister for Planning for approval in the next week.

We will post updates on this webpage on the progress of approval for Amendment C113 and Amendment C114.

Minister introduces the General Residential Zone on an interim basis

At the end of June, 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.)

On 1 July, the Residential 1 and 2 Zones were replaced with the General Residential Zone across Port Phillip (through a State Planning Amendment VC116). However, this will be on an interim basis.

Council is working with DTPLI to achieve Ministerial approval of the Stage 1 translation as quickly as possible.

The General Residential Zone is the closest fit to the former Residential 1 Zone. Council’s housing policy and other planning controls such as the Heritage Overlay and Design & Development Overlay (height controls) will continue to apply.

The main implications is that the ‘transitional provisions’ (which allow an exemption from meeting the mandatory height and density controls) will continue to apply to applications lodged after 1 July (until the new zones are approved).

Contact the Strategic Planning Unit on 9209 6237 or email to find out more.

Council adopts “two stage approach’ to new residential zones

On 13 May 2013, Council 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. Stage 1 reflects the 'consultation proposal' with minor changes only (refer to the Stage 1 Summary [PDF, 184KB]). Planning Scheme Amendment C113 (Stage 1) is with the Minister for Planning awaiting approval.


  • Stage 2 - The Stage 2 process will consider further potential changes to zoning for specific precincts, following consultation with property owners in those areas. These changes respond to community feedback during Stage 1. This process is underway.

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

This followed extensive consultation in February / March this year when 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.

Consultation on Stage 2

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.

Refer to the Stage 2 Summary [PDF, 187KB] for further information.

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.)

*** Comments on the proposed Stage 2 changes have now closed. ***

Application of the New Residential Zones has been based on Council’s Housing Policy which aims to:

  • Provide significant opportunities for housing growth (across the municipality in commercial and mixed use precincts, as well as in some residential areas with capacity for change).
  • Directing housing growth to preferred locations which offer greatest access to shops, services and public transport. This includes using the General Residential and Residential Growth zones where medium density development is encouraged.
  • Managing growth in established residential areas to respond to heritage and neighbourhood character values.


Stage 2 maintains the intent of the Housing Policy, with some additional flexibility to enable appropriately scaled development:

  • Along main / collector roads serviced by bus routes.
  • Along main / collector roads which are already characterised by two- and three- storey medium density development.
  • Along main roads which have existing built form / height controls allowing development at 3 storeys or greater.
  • Within heritage areas close to the St Kilda activity centre which are already characterised by 3 storey apartment development.
  • In specific areas / sites which already have residential development at 4 storeys or over (noting limited further development potential exists in most of these areas).


Click to use the interactive Residential Zones Map

What zone will apply to my property?

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:

  1. Type in your address and click enter to find your property.
  2. 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).
  3. For further information about each of the new zones, click on the link in the map or in the legend below the map.
  4. Click on ‘Base map’ to change the background image (e.g. displaying an aerial photo).

For PDF versions of the maps, go to Background Documents.

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

  • Visit Council ASSIST Centres and libraries
  • Phone the Strategic Planning Unit on (03) 9209 6237 to discuss the Stage 2 changes 

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.

Proposed residential zones maps - Stage 2 (PDF versions)

Whole of the municipality zoning map [PDF, 296KB]

More detailed maps:

Current planning scheme provisions

A number of existing planning zones and overlays have informed the application of the new residential zones in Port Phillip, in particular Design and Development Overlays (DDO) and the Heritage Overlay (HO).

Go to the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website, Planning Schemes Online to view these overlays (including the 'ordinance' and 'maps').

The existing residential zones 'ordinance' and 'map's can also be found on Planning Schemes Online. 

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