Planning & Building
New Residential Zones
The state government has released new residential zones and Council now needs to apply these across Port Phillip. These new zones may change the type of development that is allowed in your street and neighbourhood. .
Council is keen to hear your views on how it proposes to apply the new zones.
The changes for Port Phillip involve replacing the current Residential 1 and 2 Zones, which covers the majority of residential areas with one of the three new zones. If your dwelling is in a commercial or mixed use zone, it will not be affected by these changes.
To see a summary of Port Phillip's approach, read our New Residential Zones Brochure [PDF, 11MB].
Read on below to find out:
- What zone is proposed for your propery and neighbourhood via the interactive map
- Information on the purpose and requirements of each zone
- Details of the Housing Policy that has guided the application of the new zones
- How to a comment on the new zones via our Comments Form
- Additional background information.
To see what zone is proposed to apply to your property and neighbourhood, click the image to the right.
For PDF versions of the maps, go to Background Documents.
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.|
The proposed application of the new zones has been based on Council’s existing Housing Policy, which was developed with extensive community input.
This policy balances the opportunity for new housing development closest to shops, transport and other services – while protecting the highly valued character and heritage of established residential areas. (Click here to view the current Housing Policy [PDF, 303KB] in the planning scheme.)
To see how the Policy has been translated into the zones, view Proposed Policy Translation to the New Zones Diagram [PDF, 720KB].
To support the implementation of new zones and guide future decision-making on planning permits, some updates to the policy are proposed. Go to the Policy Table [PDF, 95KB] to see these updates.
We want to know your thoughts about Council’s proposed approach to applying the new residential zones.
You can comment on Port Phillip’s proposals until 14 March 2014.
Fill in an online comments form.
Download a comments form [PDF, 220KB] or pick up one from Council Service Centres (ASSIST) or libraries.
Post your form to: Strategic Planning Coordinator, City of Port Phillip, Private Bag 3 St Kilda VIC 3182 or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to a planner one on one about the new zones and what is proposed for your property. Attend anytime between the hours shown.
Sessions will be held at the following locations:
Port Melbourne Town Hall - Auditorium
|Monday 24 February||4pm - 7pm|
|Elwood & St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre
87 Tennyson Street, Elwood
|Thursday 27 February||1:30pm - 3:30pm|
|South Melbourne Town Hall - Theatrette
208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne
(use Fishley Street entrance)
|Wednesday 5 March||1:30pm - 3:30pm|
St Kilda Town Hall - Carlisle Street Foyer
|Thursday 6 March||5pm - 8pm|
Phone the Strategic Planning Unit on (03) 9209 6237.
Drop into the St Kilda Town Hall during office hours Monday to Friday to talk to a strategic planner or call us to set up a meeting.
Hard copies of the documents are available to view at Council Libraries and Service Centres (ASSIST).
Rationale for the translation of the new zones in Port Phillip
Translation Tables [PDF, 145KB] - These tables detail the rationale for applying the new zones and specific schedules, and describes the exact areas where each zone / schedule will apply. It also includes details of ‘logical inclusions’ (i.e. sites which do not easily align with policy criteria) to ensure these are transparent during the consultation process.
Development implications of the new zones
Development implications of the new residential zones [PDF, 137KB] – Summarises the potential impacts of the new zones on development rates.
Proposed residential zones maps (PDF versions)
Whole of the municipality zoning map [PDF, 320KB]
More detailed maps:
- Map 1 [PDF, 443KB]
- Map 2 [PDF, 532KB]
- Map 3 [PDF, 718KB]
- Map 4 [PDF, 461KB]
- Map 5 PDF, 186KB]
- Map 6 [PDF, 370KB]
- Map 7 [PDF, 1MB]
- Map 8 [PDF 345KB]
- Map 9 [PDF, 570KB]
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 zoning maps can also be found on Planning Schemes Online.
State Government information on the new zones
- Advisory Note 50 - Reformed Residential Zones [PDF, 27KB]
- Practice Note 78 - Applying the Residential Zones [PDF, 363KB]