UDIA urges Victorian Government to review residential zones

THE Urban Development Institute of Australia has urged the Victorian Government to follow up on its commitment to "depoliticise the planning process" and review the implementation of the state's residential planning zones, which were introduced by the previous government.

The Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone replaced the Residential 1, Residential 2 and Residential 3 zones in a move that aimed to give greater clarity about the type of development that can be expected in residential areas.

A residential street in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Somerville
Above: A residential street in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Somerville / by Bill Lane.

"Now over 18 months since the former Napthine government introduced the changes, the implementation of the residential planning zones is argued to be endangering the long term balance of new residential growth within Metropolitan Melbourne," the UDIA said in a statement.

"More specifically, the over application of the NRZ and the various schedules permitted has led to a fragmented and restrictive approach to infill and redevelopment outcomes."

The UDIA has written to Planning Minister Richard Wynne and asked the Minister to expedite the initiation of the review.

The Chief Executive of the UDIA's Victorian Division, Danni Addison, said that in order for Melbourne's central, inner and middle suburbs to deliver their expected shares of Melbourne's growth, there is an urgent need to review the implementation of the Residential Planning Zones.

"If too much land with access to jobs and services is locked up under the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, land supply pressures will likely see housing prices rise unaffordably," he said.

To encourage the commencement of a review, the Institute requested that the Minister:

  • Confirms the appointment of an advisory committee to review the implementation of the residential zones;
  • Considers the Institute's proposed Draft Terms of Reference for the advisory committee; and
  • Appoints a credible member of the industry, supported by the Institute to the advisory committee.

More information about the reformed residential zones is available from <>.

Photo: A residential street in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Somerville / Bill Lane / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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