Ministerial Amendment which rezoned residential land in the City of Boroondara and modifies the schedules to the General Residential Zone.

About Amendment GC172

Amendment GC172 was approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect on 23 December 2020. 

The amendment affects various Local Government Areas, including the City of Boroondara and gives effect to public commitments made by the Minister for Planning in 2017 regarding the reformed residential zones.

The amendment made the following changes to the Boroondara Planning Scheme:

  • Rezoned all properties in the General Residential Zone Schedule 1 (GRZ1) to Neighbourhood Residential Zone Schedule 1 (NRZ1) (except properties affected by Design and Development Overlay Schedule 1 - Willsmere Design and Development Area (DDO1) . 

    The new NRZ1 retains the 9 metre mandatory height limit that applied to properties prior to the approval of GC172 and imposes a new mandatory two (2) storey height limit to the affected properties.  
  • Retained the GRZ1 for properties affected by DDO1 and applies a mandatory 11 metres / 3 storey height limit. It is important to note that the height restrictions in DDO1 remain in effect. 
  • Amended Schedules 2 and 3 to the General Residential Zone (GRZ2 and GRZ3) to replace the mandatory 10.5 metre height limit which applied prior to gazettal with an 11 metre mandatory height limit. 
  • Minor changes were also made to the Clauses 21.01, 21.05, 22.02 and 22.05 of the Boroondara Planning Scheme. 

    GC172 did not make any changes to the Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), General Residential Zone Schedule 4 and 5 (GRZ4 and GRZ5) and Neighbourhood Residential Zone Schedule 3 (NRZ3).

Property owners affected by the changes made under GC172 have been notified in writing.

Details of the amendment can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Background - 2017 Reformed Residential Zones

On 10 March 2017, the Minister for Planning announced reforms to the suite of residential zones introduced in 2013. These changes came into effect on 27 March 2017.  The changes made included:

Neighbourhood Residential Zone

  • Increasing mandatory height limit from 8m to 9m and maximum of 2 storeys. 
  • Removing of the mandatory limit of two dwellings on a lot. 
  • Introducing a new mandatory minimum garden area requirement.
  • Introducing a new requirement for neighbourhood, heritage, environmental or landscape character objectives to be achieved in areas to be set out in a schedule to the zone. 

General Residential Zone

  • Replacing the 9 metre discretionary height limit with a new mandatory height limit of 11m and maximum of 3 storeys.
  • Introducing a new mandatory minimum garden area requirement.
  • Introducing the ability to set out neighbourhood character objectives to be achieved in specific areas. 

Residential Growth Zone

  • Introducing a new requirement for design objectives to be achieved in areas to be set out in a schedule to the zone. 
  • The discretionary maximum building height of 13.5 metres was retained. 

Zone Schedules which specified a height limit lower maximum building heights in in the reformed zones?  

At the time of introducing the reformed residential zones, the Minister stated that councils with zone schedules containing a height lower than the new default height will have three years to comply with the new requirements. As a result, changes to the GRZ1 (9 metre mandatory height limit), GRZ2 and GRZ3 (10.5 metre mandatory height limit) were required.

The zoning changes described above as part of GC172 give effect to the Minister’s commitment. 

Contact us

For more information please contact the Strategic and Statutory Planning Department:

Phone: 9278 4815

Email: [email protected] 

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