Amendment C231 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme proposes to rezone three properties located at 34-40, 37-43 and 42-50 Moore Road, Vermont from the General Residential Zone Schedule 5 to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, Schedule 3.
The three properties are located at the southern end of Moore Road, Vermont and were formerly part of the Healesville Freeway Reservation (HFR) owned by VicRoads. In 2009, the HFR land between Springvale Road and Boronia Road was declared surplus to the road network requirements. While most of the land in the HFR will become public open space, these three properties were sold by VicRoads and are now privately owned.
In 2014, the Minister for Planning rezoned the three properties to the General Residential Zone Schedule 5 (GRZ5). This occurred as part of the wider introduction of new residential zones across Victoria that replaced the previous residential zones.
The residential land outside the HFR and surrounding the three properties was identified by Council as an area for limited change under the Whitehorse Housing Strategy 2014. Residential areas classified as limited change represent the lowest scale of intended residential growth and have specific valued characteristics, such as environmental and heritage, that are to be protected. In accordance with this classification, the surrounding land outside the HFR was rezoned to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone in 2014.
The three properties mentioned above, and all other land in the HFR was excluded from the Whitehorse Housing Strategy 2014 and associated Neighbourhood Character Study 2014, due to the separate State Government process that was being undertaken at the time for the HFR land. The State Government has advised that these properties will not form part of the future public open space corridor that will be delivered along the majority of the former HFR. As a result, Council has initiated this Amendment to ensure that the residential zone applying to these three properties aligns with Council’s vision for housing in this area.
What happens next?
Once the submission period has closed, Council will review all comments and determine how to proceed. If there are submissions that Council cannot resolve, Council will request the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent planning panel to review the Amendment and hear all submissions.
The independent panel will make recommendations in a report to Council. Council will then consider the Panel report and determine whether or not to adopt the Amendment.
If Council chooses to adopt the Amendment, the next step is to request approval from the Minister for Planning.
If you have any questions about the Amendment please contact Council’s City Planning and Development Department on 9262 6303.