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30 April 2018

City of Monash Amendment C125 – the ‘Split’ Has Happened!

Amendment C125 (Part 1) has been gazetted, and now forms part of the City of Monash Planning Scheme.

For the tracked changes version read more here.

In short:

  • Land proposed to be rezoned from the General Residential Zone (GRZ) to the Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) or the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) has now been approved. There are no corresponding Design and Development Overlay controls as originally proposed for the RGZ areas (we suspect because these were deemed to be too limiting), but there is a need to check the Schedules to the zones for local variations. Of note, a 4m front setback was approved for the RGZ.
  • Land in the GRZ remains in the GRZ pending further review (Part 2).
  • Some changes have been made to the Local Planning Policy Framework, but not as many as would have been desirable (potentially holding back on this pending the resolution of the GRZ Part, which makes sense). But Clauses 21.01 – 21.03 have now been amended into a single new Clause 21.01, and Clause 21.12 (Heritage), Clause 21.13 (Sustainability and Environment) and Clause 21.16 (Wheelers Hill NAC Structure Plan) have been amended.
  • Some changes to the local policy framework, specifically Clause 22.07 (Heritage), Clause 22.09 (Non-residential use and development in the residential areas) and Clause 22.10 (Student accommodation policy).

Whilst the Housing Framework Plan (which identifies different 'change' areas around activity centres, along the major boulevards and in the Monash National Employment Cluster) that is contained in the Monash Housing Strategy, 2014 has not been included in the LPPF as originally proposed, the Monash Housing Strategy, 2014 is now formally a reference document in the planning scheme. Some weight can therefore be given to the encouragement of higher densities/housing diversity in the nominated ‘change’ locations by virtue of this.

If you are dealing with properties in the City of Monash, and particularly around the Clayton MAC/the MNEC, you should check the planning scheme for the implications of the Amendment. In the NRZ areas, you need to check the implications of the new zone of existing or proposed permit applications (noting the more limiting two storey height limits).

The timing of the approval of ‘Part 2’ remains unknown, and may potentially be some time away as additional exhibition may be required. 

For more information on the structure plans, including how your land may be affected, please get in touch with either David Crowder or your existing contact at Ratio.

Author: David Crowder, Director: Planning

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