Draft Neighbourhood Character Study 2019-20

Brimbank City Council's strategic direction for housing is to ensure the urban environment supports a growing population in designated areas while respecting neighbourhood character, where appropriate.

In early 2019 Council prepared the draft Brimbank Neighbourhood Character Study (draft Study).

The draft Study describes the existing character of our residential areas in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and General Residential Zone, and preferred design for the Residential Growth Zone.

Consultation about the draft Study was undertaken July to August 2019 and included community five drop in sessions. Submissions closed on 30 August 2019 and seventy submissions were received.

In December 2019 the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning released new guidance in the form of two practice notes (PPN90 and PPN91) on how to plan for housing and neighbourhood character.

Practice Notes provide guidance on the operation of the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes, as well as a range of other planning processes and related topics.

As a result of the new direction contained within PPN90 and PPN91, the draft Study cannot be finalised.

A progress report on the draft Study was reported to Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 23 June 2020. The report notes the need for further work to be undertaken to align the draft Study with the guidance contained within the new Practice Notes.

What happens next

Work will commence in the 2020/21 financial year to review and amend the draft Study, to ensure consistency with the Practice Notes. This work will also involve a review of the Housing Strategy (‘Home and Housed’ 2014) and the preparation of a Residential Development Framework, for the whole municipality.

Further information

Call Council’s Strategic Planning Unit for more information on 9249 4000.