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

View the Advisory Committee member biographies (DOC 43.5 KB) and their Terms of Reference (PDF 109.6 KB)

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.

View the Residential Zones State of Play reports and associated documents

The period for making submissions to the Advisory Committee closed on 15 March 2016.

Stage 2 - Public Hearing

Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held on 1 April 2016 at Planning Panels Victoria, Melbourne.

Public Hearing

Public Hearings were held over a total of 17 days between Monday 18 April and Thursday 19 May 2016.

The Committee's Hearing Directions (PDF 54.2 KB) and Hearing Timetable Version 5  (PDF 175.2 KB) are available here.

Hearing Timeframes

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:


Hearing timeframe

Metropolitan Melbourne Councils and Ballarat City, Greater
Bendigo, Greater Geelong and Latrobe City

up to 2 to 3 hours each

All other Councils

up to 60 minutes each

Government agencies

up to 30 to 45 minutes each

Industry groups

up to 1.5 hours each

Community groups

up to 30 minutes each

Individual submitters

up to 10-15 minutes each.

Expert Evidence

The following party 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. 

Key dates

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
July 2016 The Advisory Committee will report to the Minister for Planning

More information

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.

More information about the Advisory Committee processes and the role of Planning Panels Victoria.


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

Page last reviewed on 7 July 2016

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