Green light for Greening Greyfields

Council is excited to announce that Amendments C134maro and C136maro to the Maroondah Planning Scheme have been approved by the Minister for Planning!

The Greening the Greyfields project is a long-standing Council commitment, and these approvals follow from a positive Planning Panel Report highlighting the benefits of this work. Approval and gazettal of the amendments is an important milestone towards implementing an improved approach to residential redevelopment, including better-designed homes, increased canopy tree planting and open space, less hard surface treatments (such as concrete) and better walking and cycling connections.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Rob Steane, said this is great news for the community.

“The approval of Amendments C134maro and C136maro present an exciting opportunity to shape our city and ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy things we love about Maroondah – particularly our leafy greenness,” Cr Steane said.

“This Council project has been in the works for some time now, so it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition.”

The amendments apply to the Croydon South Greyfield Precinct – bordered by Bayswater Road, Eastfield Road, Thomas Street and Blazey Street – and the Ringwood Greyfield Precinct between Loughnan Road, Warrandyte Road, Ringwood Street and the Ringwood Bypass. The amendments introduced a new zone (General Residential Zone) to the Ringwood Greyfield Precinct and new overlays to both precincts, including a Development Plan Overlay and Development Contributions Plan Overlay.

This Planning Institute of Australia award-winning project has received ongoing community support. Now, with the introduction of these new planning controls, landowners within the first Greening the Greyfields precincts can work together with neighbours, investors, or developers to positively transform the area. The new planning controls incentivise lot amalgamation, while requiring improved site and precinct-level outcomes.

Through collaboration, larger lots can be formed and developed according to these new rules, which will allow for greyfield precincts to be redeveloped for existing and future generations while maintaining and improving on Maroondah’s renowned tree canopy.

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