Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee
An Advisory Committee has been appointed to report on the application of zones that provide for residential development in metropolitan Melbourne and the four regional cities of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe, having regard to managing growth, proximity to transport and jobs, housing affordability and diversity.
Advisory Committee and their Terms of Reference
The Advisory Committee comprises:
- Kathy Mitchell (Chair)
- Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair)
- Debra Butcher
- Sarah Carlisle
- Peter Gaschk
- Sarah McDonald
- Rachael O'Neill
- John Riley
Purpose of the Advisory Committee
The purpose of the advisory committee is to:
- Consider the process by which the new residential zones were implemented.
- Review the current application of zones that allow for residential development in the context of managing Melbourne and Victoria's residential growth in a sustainable manner and improving housing affordability.
- Advise on the level of evidence and justification needed when preparing relevant planning scheme amendments.
- Recommend improvements to the residential zones.
- Provide councils, the community and the industry with an opportunity to be heard.
It is not the role of the Committee to consider requests to rezone specific sites.
Advisory Committee Process
Stage 1 - Consultation
The Managing Residential Development Taskforce prepared a series of Residential Zones State of Play reports for each of the Plan Melbourne metropolitan subregions, one combined report for the four regional cities of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe and an Overarching Report. A list of suggested improvements to the Residential Zones has also been compiled by the Taskforce.
The Reports and List of Suggested Improvements were prepared by the Taskforce to assist the community, councils, the development industry and ultimately the Advisory Committee to review the implementation of the residential zones.
The period for making submissions to the Advisory Committee closed on 15 March 2016.
Stage 2 - Public Hearing
A Directions Hearing was held on 1 April 2016 at Planning Panels Victoria, Melbourne.
Public Hearings are being held over a total of 17 days between Monday 18 April and Thursday 19 May 2016. The Advisory Committee will hear the general threshold submissions first, and then those from the metropolitan councils in Melbourne. It will then travel to the regional cities and hold hearings in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Latrobe.
The Terms of Reference at Clause 22 allow the Advisory Committee to limit the time of parties appearing before it and may regulate cross-examination. The Advisory Committee considers the following timeframes to be appropriate for parties:
Metropolitan Melbourne Councils and Ballarat City, Greater
up to 2 to 3 hours each
All other Councils
up to 60 minutes each
up to 30 to 45 minutes each
up to 1.5 hours each
up to 30 minutes each
up to 10-15 minutes each.
Expert Evidence reports were required to be provided to Planning Panels Victoria by noon on 11 April 2016.
Evidence will be taken as read and the author of the evidence must attend the relevant session of the Hearing to answer questions from the Committee if required,
The following party has provided expert evidence.
Stage 3 – Issues and Options
The Advisory Committee will submit their issues and options report to the Minister for Planning within 40 business days of the completion of the Hearings.
|December 2015||Inception meetings with Councils and Industry bodies|
|10 December||Submission period commenced|
|Tuesday 2 February 2016||Residential State of Play Reports made available to the public|
|15 March 2016||Submission period closed|
|1 April 2016||Directions Hearing|
|18 April – 19 May 2016||Public Hearing|
|Mid 2016||The Advisory Committee will report to the Minister for Planning|
A series of frequently asked questions (PDF 376.8 KB) as well as fact sheet (PDF 211.6 KB) have been prepared for further information about the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee process.
If you have any queries about the Advisory Committee process please contact Andrea Harwood, Senior Project Manager of Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 6744 or email@example.com