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Amendment C108 – Wonga Road

In June 2016, Maroondah City Council adopted a new Housing Strategy. Key Direction 5.2 is to review the reformed residential zones and any unintended consequences of the new zones. 

The Victorian Government’s Reformed Residential Zones were applied across the municipality in July 2014. Amendment C108 seeks to refine how the new controls are applied to the Wonga Road residential area.  

Recent investigations indicate the Wonga Road residential area should be covered by the Neighbourhood Residential Zone – Schedule 3 rather than the General Residential Zone. This is due to the nature and characteristics of the land and development pressures currently being experienced. In response, Maroondah City Council has prepared an Amendment, known as C108.  

Proposed changes

The Amendment seeks to rezone the identified land from the General Residential Zone to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone - Schedule 3. For this to occur, the following changes to the Maroondah Planning Scheme are proposed:  

  • Amend Map 3 Zones of the Maroondah Planning Scheme to show the area bound by Hull Road, Ruskin Avenue, Mt Dandenong Road and the eastern Maroondah Municipal Boundary located within the Neighbourhood Residential Zone – Schedule 3. 
  • Amend Schedule 3 to Clause 32.09 Neighbourhood Residential Zone of the Maroondah Planning Scheme to remove the word ‘Ridgeline’ from the heading to state ‘Canopy Cover Protection’. 
  • Application of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone – Schedule 3 will have the following effects: 
  • Planning Permit Applications seeking to subdivide land will be required to comply with minimum lot sized specified within Schedule 3 to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone. 
  • A maximum of two dwellings will be permissible on any given lot. 
  • The maximum height of any new dwelling(s) will not be permitted to exceed 8 metres, unless the natural slope of the natural ground level at any cross section wider than 8 metres of the site of the building is 2.5 degrees or more, in which case the height of the building must not exceed 9 metres. 
  • A Medical Centre will be a Section 1 Use (permit not required use) in instances where it is proposed to be located within an existing building. 
  • A Place of Worship will be a Section 1 Use (permit not required use) if a permit is not required pursuant to Clause 52.06-3. 
  • A Convenience Shop will be a Section 2 (permit required use) if the leasable area does not exceed 80 square meters.  

Next Steps

The Amendment was placed on public exhibition until Monday 5 December 2016 and Council considered the submissions received at its meeting on 20 February 2017.

Following the Council meeting, State Government gazetted Amendment VC110, which made changes to the residential zones across Victoria. Council is now considering its position regarding the Amendment. 

Further information

Contact Council on 1300 88 22 33. 

02/06/2017
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