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Knox Housing Strategy (Amendment C131)

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The Knox Housing Strategy, Knox Residential Design Guidelines and Amendment C131 were adopted by Council at the Council meeting on 27 January 2015.

Amendment C131 was approved by the Minister for Planning, with changes on 17 March 2016.

What is the Knox Housing Strategy?

Knox Housing Policy Map for Council Report

Appropriate housing is central to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The Knox Housing Strategy sets out Council’s plan for managing residential development to respond to the current and future housing needs of the Knox community. The Strategy aims to balance the changing needs of our current and future residents with the important aspects of Knox that should be retained and enhanced.

To achieve this, the Strategy builds on the existing approaches to key areas such as the Dandenong Foothills and applies a ‘scaled approach’ to housing development across the different areas of Knox. The Strategy sets out the preferred types of housing (detached dwellings, dual occupancies, villa units, townhouses and/or apartments) for each different area.

The Strategy is complemented by the Knox Residential Guidelines, which provide detailed guidance for the different areas and types of housing described in the Strategy. The Guidelines seek to ensure that new residential development is designed according to specific requirements for the relevant area and housing type. The Guidelines aim to improve the quality, design, sustainability and accessibility of residential development. The Guidelines are a user friendly tool, designed to be used by developers, designers and the broader community.

View the adopted Knox Housing Strategy 2015 and Residential Design Guidelines
.

View information on the development of the Strategy and the process so far

What has been approved by the Minister for Planning?

Both the Strategy and Guidelines are translated into the Knox Planning Scheme through Planning Scheme Amendment C131, which enables Council to use them when making decisions on planning permit applications. Amendment C131 introduced a number of changes to the Knox Planning Scheme, including applying new zones to residential land in Knox. Amendment C131 also implements the Rowville Plan 2015.

The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C131 with a number of changes to Council’s adopted amendment. The most significant changes are summarised below:

Building Heights

  • Bush Suburban (Dandenong Foothills) - Neighbourhood Residential Zone Schedule 1 - No change to Council’s building height requirement (8 metres). However, the Minister has added an exemption from the mandatory building height requirement for Aged Care Facilities.
  • Bush Suburban (outside of the Foothills) – General Residential Zone Schedule 5 – the Minister has approved a maximum building height requirement of 9 metres, with exceptions for slope of land. Council’s adopted maximum building height requirement was 8 metres, with exceptions for slope of land and exceptions for architectural features.
  • Knox Neighbourhood – General Residential Zone Schedule 2 - the Minister has approved a maximum building height requirement of 9 metres, with exceptions for slope of land. Council’s adopted maximum building height requirement was 8 metres, with exceptions for slope of land and exceptions for architectural features.
  • Local Living – General Residential Zone Schedule 3 - the Minister has approved a maximum building height requirement of 9 metres, with exceptions for slope of land. Council’s adopted maximum building height requirement was 8 metres, with exceptions for slope of land and exceptions for architectural features.
  • Activity Areas – Residential Growth Zone Schedule 1 - the Minister has approved a preferred maximum building height of 13.5 metres. Council’s adopted maximum building height requirement was 9 metres, with exceptions for slope of land and exceptions for architectural features.

Private Open Space

  • Bush Suburban (Dandenong Foothills) - Neighbourhood Residential Zone Schedule 1 – the Minister has approved a requirement for 80 square metres of private open space, including 40 square metres of secluded private open space. Council’s adopted requirement was for 100 square metres of private open space, including 60 square metres of secluded private open space.
  • Bush Suburban (outside of the Foothills) – General Residential Zone Schedule 5 – the Minister has approved a requirement for 60 square metres of private open space, including 40 square metres of secluded private open space. Council’s adopted requirement was for 100 square metres of private open space, including 60 square metres of secluded private open space.
  • Knox Neighbourhood – General Residential Zone Schedule 2 – the Minister has approved a requirement for 80 square metres of private open space, including 60 square metres of secluded private open space. Council’s adopted requirement was for 100 square metres of private open space, including 60 square metres of secluded private open space.
  • Activity Areas – Residential Growth Zone Schedule 1, Residential Growth Zone 2 and General Residential Zone 4 – the Minister has approved a requirement for 40 square metres of private open space, including 25 square metres of secluded private open space, or a balcony of 15 square metres, or a rooftop area of 15 square metres. Council’s adopted requirement was for private open space of 15 square metres, which may have included a balcony of 8 square metres or rooftop area of 10 square metres.

Street Setbacks

  • The Minister has reworded the street setback provisions for the General Residential Zone Schedules 2, 3 and 5 and Residential Growth Zone Schedules 1 and 2, without changing the substantive requirements. A request has been made to the Minister for Planning to rectify unclear wording resulting from this change.

Dwelling Typologies

  • Local Policy Clause 22.07 – The Minister has deleted ‘discouraged’ dwelling types. Note that this wording is still included in Clause 21.05 Housing.

The exact wording of the Minister’s changes, compared to Council’s adopted provisions, can be viewed here.

View all of the planning scheme provisions approved through Amendment C131 at Planning Scheme Amendments online.

Note that additional requirements of the Knox Planning Scheme may also apply to your site.

More information

Call us: 9298 8000.

Email us: psamendments@knox.vic.gov.au

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