On 27 March 2017, the State Government introduced Ministerial Amendment VC110 to all Victorian planning schemes implementing changes to the Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), General Residential Zone (GRZ) and Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ). All three of these zones apply within Manningham.

The intent of the changes is to improve housing diversity and choice and across all council areas, while protecting the open and garden character of more sensitive residential areas.

The key changes are outlined in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Fact Sheet – General Information on the Reformed Residential Zones and are summarised below.

Summary of the new controls

 Residential Growth Zone (RGZ)

General Residential Zone (GRZ)

Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ)
Is there a cap on the number of dwellings per lot?No (no change)No (no change)No. The default limit of two dwellings per lot has been removed.

Maximum building heights and number of storeys

Discretionary 13.5 metres (no change)Mandatory 11 metres  and maximum three (3) storeys (increased from discretionary 9 metres and no storey limit)Mandatory 9 metres and maximum two (2) storeys (increased from mandatory 8 metres and no storey limit)

Can the maximum heights and number of storeys be varied by councils?

Yes. Councils can set a mandatory height limit of at least 13.5 metres in a schedule to the zoneYes. Councils can set an alternative maximum height and number of storeys in a schedule to the zone. These must be more than 11 metres and 3 storeysYes. Council can set an alternative maximum height and number of storeys in a schedule to the zone. These must be more than 9 metres and two (2) storeys.
Is there a mandatory minimum garden area requirement?NoYesYes

Cap on the number of dwellings

The default limit of two dwellings per lot has been removed in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.

Maximum building heights

While the 13.5 metre discretionary height control within the Residential Growth Zone remains, the following mandatory maximum building height changes have been introduced in the other two residential zones:

  • General Residential Zone – mandatory 11 metres and maximum three storeys. This is an increase from a discretionary 9 metres and no storey limit.
  • Neighbourhood Residential Zone – mandatory 9 metres and maximum two storeys. This is an increase from a mandatory 8 metres and no storey limit.

Mandatory minimum garden area

New mandatory minimum garden area requirements have been introduced into the General Residential Zone and the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, as follows:

Lot SizeMinimum percentage of a lot set aside as garden area
400 – 500 square metres25 per cent
501 – 650 square metres30 per cent
Above 650 square metres35 per cent

Increased building height if land is subject to inundation requirements

If land is in a Special Building Overlay (SBO), Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO), or is land liable to inundation, the changes specify that the maximum building height is to be measured from the minimum floor level determined by the relevant drainage authority or floodplain management authority.

This requirement is included in the Residential Growth Zone, General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone.

More information

For more information on the changes to the new statewide residential zones, visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website

It is important to note that properties may also be affected by other provisions within the Manningham Planning Scheme which control the number of dwellings on a lot and maximum building heights. 

A planning certificate detailing the full set of planning controls affecting your property can be obtained from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website at www.landata.vic.gov.au

If you have any queries regarding the statewide residential zones or other planning provisions in the Manningham Planning Scheme, contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 9840 9133