A report for consideration will be presented to the Urban Planning Special Committee on Thursday 13 November 2014.

In late July 2014, Council wrote to residents to advise them of the Minister’s decision and invited feedback on whether there are any anomalies in the way the new residential zones have been applied in Boroondara.

The consultation period closed on Friday 29 August 2014. Council is now in the process of reviewing all feedback received and will be reporting the outcomes to the Urban Planning Special Committee (UPSC) later this year.

The process so far

Minister releases new residential zones

On 1 July 2013, the Minister for Planning released new residential zones and gave each Council until 1 July 2014 to determine how they would be applied in their planning schemes.

Council adopts how the new residential zones should be applied in Boroondara

On 16 September 2013, the UPSC adopted an approach to introduce the new residential zones in Boroondara. The new residential zones are based on the Neighbourhood Character Study (adopted by Council on 24 September 2012).

A copy of the 16 September 2013 report can be downloaded from our Meetings and Agendas webpage.

Council advises residents that a ‘fast track’ amendment (Amendment C190) has been lodged with the Minister to introduce the new residential zones

In October 2013, Council wrote to residents to advise that Council had made a request to the Minister for Planning to approve Amendment C190 as a fast track amendment to implement the new residential zones into the Boroondara Planning Scheme before the Minister’s 1 July 2014 deadline.

Council made an undertaking at this time to notify the community of the Minister’s decision and invite feedback on the new residential zones once a decision had been made by the Minister.

Minister approves Amendment C190

On 19 June 2014, the Minister for Planning approved Amendment C190 to the Boroondara Planning Scheme, with some changes to the provisions sought by Council.

Details of the approved amendment can be viewed on the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure’s Amendments Online website. Amendment C190 can also be viewed on our C190 webpage.

To confirm the zoning of your property you can obtain a Planning Certificate by visiting their Planning Maps Online website.

Alternatively, you can search your property address on Council’s New Residential Zones website. Please note: this website is indicative only and should not be relied on to confirm the zoning of your property.  

In late July 2014, Council wrote to residents to advise of the Minister’s decision and invited feedback on whether there are any anomalies in the way the new residential zones have been applied in Boroondara. The Consultation period closed on Friday 29 August 2014.

What are the next steps for the new residential zones?

Officers have finalised their review of all feedback received and a report on the outcomes of the feedback period will be presented to the Urban Planning Special Committee (UPSC) on Thursday 13 November 2014. You can access a copy of the report through the Urban Planning Special Committee meeting page.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide residents with an opportunity to address the UPSC in support of their written feedback. The UPSC will not be required to make a decision on the officers’ response and recommendations or the feedback.

Officers will further consider the community submissions and feedback and present a report to the Council Meeting on Thursday 11 December 2014 which will include detailed recommendations and further steps moving forward.

Should Council agree to make changes, a formal planning scheme amendment process will be initiated. 

How can I find out more?

For more information on the New Residential Zones - Stage 2:

  • contact the Strategic Planning Department on 9278 4815
  • visit Council’s New Residential Zones website to view an interactive map to check the zoning of your property and the neighbourhood Character Precinct statement that applies to your property
  • visit Council’s Amendment C190 webpage.