Council is deeply concerned with the Minister for Planning’s decision to change the residential zones.

Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Phillip Healey said that the Minister’s unilateral decision to fundamentally change the residential zones framework lacks transparency, accountability and justification.

“The changes were done without consultation with local residents, communities and Council. The Minister is weakening the protection of Boroondara’s neighbourhood character and residential amenity in favour of increased density that will only benefit developers,” Cr Healey said.

“We are very concerned that the removal of the dwelling density requirement in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone will result in more intensive in-fill development in areas that were previously identified for minimal change to preserve their character.

“The change to the General Residential Zone allowing development of 11 metres and three storeys will allow developers to build apartment-style developments up to the mandatory height limit irrespective of the established character of these areas.

“There is no justification for these zones in Boroondara where Council’s planning policies have created capacity for an additional 62,546 dwellings which is more than four times the government’s own forecast dwelling need for the area by 2031. These policies have clearly been working as Boroondara has the second highest spend on building projects in Victoria.”

“The reformed residential zones will have long lasting negative impacts on our streetscapes. Council has written to all residential property owners in Boroondara, informing our community about how the reformed residential zones will affect their property and where to find more information.

“Council urges concerned community members to write to the Minister for Planning to voice their concerns,” Cr Healey said.

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