The changes will make it easier for families to grow, evolve and expand their living space to suit their needs.
Increased housing choice in activity centres
DTP and the Victorian Planning Authority will play a role in preparing planning controls to facilitate housing development and associated community facilities, as well as incentivising the delivery of affordable housing, in and around 10 activity centres.
The activity centres are – Broadmeadows, Camberwell Junction, Chadstone, Epping, Frankston, Moorabbin, Niddrie (Keilor Road), North Essendon, Preston (High Street) and Ringwood.
Making it easier to build a small second home
The permit requirement for a second dwelling on a lot will be removed if the new dwelling is less than 60 square metres.
This will make it easier for families to grow, evolve and expand their living space to suit their needs.
Faster permits and planning certainty
Deemed to Comply
New Deemed to Comply residential standards are to be introduced. It is envisaged that the standards will speed up decision making as Councils will only be able to assess aspects of permit applications that don’t comply.
The Future Homes program (intended to encourage more new builds) is to be expanded. The selection of ready-designed 3 storey apartment buildings currently provided will be built upon to include designs for 4 and 5 storey apartment buildings. The areas where Future Homes can be constructed will also be expanded.
Planning permit exemptions for single dwellings
A single dwelling on a lot (on land not covered by an overlay):
- On lots greater than 300 square metres: No permit required
- On lots less than 300 square metres: 10 day planning permit turnaround time