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New Residential Zones

New Residential Zones - August update
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?
What happens after the Stage 2 consultation?
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Background documents

New Residential Zones - August update

Council to consider Stage 2

Council will consider the Stage 2 submissions and the next steps in the implementation of Stage 2 at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 26 August 2014 at the St Kilda Town Hall, commencing at 6pm.

The full Council report will be available on Council's website on Friday 22 August.

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 Mayor has written to the Minister for Planning expressing disappointment at the delay and seeking assurance that Port Phillip's new zones will be implemented without further delay.

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).

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 112KB] or read Council's media release or 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).


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.

What happens after the Stage 2 consultation?

After the Stage 2 consultation period, Council will consider submissions, finalise its proposal and request the Minister for Planning to introduce any additional changes to the zones into the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. Council will consider a report on Stage 2 on 26 August.

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 

 Please note that comments on the proposed Stage 2 changes have now closed.

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.

State Government information on the new zones


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