General Residential Zone
A new General Residential Zone has been approved.
What is the purpose of this zone?
The General Residential Zone respects and preserves neighbourhood character while allowing modest housing growth and diversity. In the suite of residential zones, the role of the General Residential Zone sits between the Residential Growth Zone, which enables housing growth and diversity, and the Neighbourhood Residential Zone which favours existing neighbourhood character and restricts housing growth.
The likely application of the zone is in most residential areas where moderate growth and diversity of housing will occur consistent with existing neighbourhood character.
Key featuresThe General Residential Zone includes:
- allowing local application requirements and decision guidelines to be specified
- third party notice, objection and review rights for section 2 use and buildings and works applications
- encouraging a range of building scales through a discretionary height limit of nine metres for residential development (except where specified differently in a schedule to the zone)
- a local maximum building height that can be specified in a schedule to the zone that cannot be exceeded
- allowing key residential siting and design requirements to be varied for different neighbourhoods
- a planning permit threshold to construct one dwelling on a lot of 300 square metres but allowing a council to specify a different threshold of 500 square metres
- restrictions on non residential land uses such as place of worship and medical centre
- allowing small scale commercial uses such as a shop and food and drink premises subject to a permit.