THE Victorian Government last week said that a new plan for housing and jobs has been implemented in Melbourne's south-east, with the City of Greater Dandenong becoming the second council in Melbourne to implement the reformed residential zones.
In a statement on Thursday, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said that Greater Dandenong has used a well-formulated housing strategy to guide the implementation of the new zones, with the council identifying areas for protection as well as areas designated for growth.
"Dandenong has struck a healthy balance between residential growth and protection. This lays the foundation for a strong future for the City of Greater Dandenong, with an affordable housing supply, and protection for appropriate areas," Mr Guy said.
Areas set aside for greater protection include Dandenong North, Noble Park and Keysborough, while areas around the Springvale and Noble Park railway stations and shopping areas have been designated for growth.
The central Dandenong area, which is one of the National Employment Clusters identified for greater jobs and housing growth in the recently-released Plan Melbourne, has also been designated as a growth area.
The council has also rezoned the Estate One commercial precinct, which is located on the Princes Highway and forms part of the Dandenong National Employment Cluster, to the new Commercial 2 Zone in order to support greater job growth at the site.
"The council's support for job creation at Estate One and other locations around Dandenong will serve to grow this as the key employment hub in Melbourne's southeast," Mr Guy said.
"The Greater Dandenong council's implementation model for residential zones was the case study for the new long term metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne, due to its balanced approach.
"Dandenong is an excellent location for business investment, and we are pleased to be reforming the planning system to make jobs a priority," Mr Guy said.
In August, it was announced that the City of Glen Eira, also in Melbourne's south-east, had become the first council to implement the government's new residential zones.
The new Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone were introduced in July this year to replace the Residential 1, Residential 2 and Residential 3 zones and provide greater clarity about the type of development that can be expected in residential areas.
Councils have until 1 July 2014 to introduce the new residential zones into their local planning schemes. If this does not occur, the General Residential Zone will be implemented to replace all land zoned Residential 1, 2 and 3.
Amendment C175 to the City of Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme is expected to be gazetted shortly.