Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy 2015

The Wyndham Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy provides a framework to guide the growth and change of residential areas in the City of Wyndham.

Extensive consultation with the community on the Strategy occurred between January and March 2017. Over 250 submissions were received raising a wide range of issues about the impact of the Strategy on neighbourhood character, infrastructure, heritage, the environment and heritage.

Soon after the conclusion of the consultation process, the State Government made several changes to the residential zones. Some of these changes have a significant impact on the Council’s proposed schedules to the residential zones.

Council considered a report on the Strategy at its Ordinary Meeting held on 5 December, 2017. Council resolved to:

  1. Note the submissions received on the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy
  2. A further report be provided to Council by mid 2018 that:
    1. Updates the Strategy to remove the Residential Growth Zone (and replace it with the General Residential Zone)
    2. Proposes new schedules to the General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone
    3. Updates the Housing analysis component of the Strategy
    4. Includes draft planning scheme documentation to implement the Strategy through a planning scheme amendment
  3. A further report be provided to Council on a draft priority list for preparing structure plans for Wyndham’s activity centres

To view the Council report visit Council Meetings Minutes.

Next Steps

Council’s Urban Futures Department will be revising the Strategy consistent with the changes approved by Council on 5 December, 2017.

It is proposed to submit a further report for Council’s consideration in mid 2018 with a revised Strategy and new schedules to the residential zones.  It is anticipated that Council will then seek an amendment to the Wyndham Planning Scheme to implement the revised Strategy and new schedules.

Should you have any questions about the Wyndham Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy please contact Council’s Urban Futures Department on 03 8734 5488 or urbanfutures@wyndham.vic.gov.au


Wyndham Harbour Development Plan and Design Guidelines

The Wyndham Harbour Development Plan and Design Guidelines provide the overall framework for use and development within the Harbour development. 

The Development Plan sets out the general layout of the site and requirements that must be met as part of the proposed development, while the Design Guidelines provide detailed guidance for the design of buildings, including housing.

The Wyndham Harbour Development Plan (V7) and the Wyndham Harbour Design Guidelines (V6) were endorsed on 19 February 2016 in accordance with the conditional approval of Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 May 2015.

All development within Wyndham Harbour must comply with the Development Plan and Design Guidelines.

For further information contact Wyndham's Town Planning Department on 9742 0777.

Wyndham City Stormwater Management Plan 2015

Wyndham City Stormwater Management Plan is a strategic document that provides a review of all existing systems and processes currently in place at Wyndham City Council to do with stormwater management and Water Sensitive Urban Design practices.

It also provides a direction for Council in terms of further improving stormwater management through defining gaps and opportunities for improvement, outlining and prioritising works as well as informing Council with the latest industry best practices.

Wyndham Activity Centres Strategy 2016

Wyndham City has recently adopted the Wyndham Activity Centres Strategy 2016.

The Strategy takes into consideration the population growth, the Precinct Structure Plans in Wyndham’s north and west and provides guidance on assessing retail development applications.

Avalon Corridor Strategy

The City of Greater Geelong, Wyndham City and the State Government are working together to set the future direction for land between Lara and Werribee - the ‘Avalon Corridor’.

An expert team of planners, landscape architects, ecologists and engineers led by leading consultancy firm Hansen have been assembled to assist.

The purpose of the Strategy is to establish a strategic land use framework for the Avalon Corridor. The area is facing change in the future, with plans for new State transport links and plans for the development of Avalon Airport. It's important that we develop a plan to ensure we can respond to these changes.

The Strategy will consider a range of themes including the environment and heritage, community aspirations, movement and access, flooding and drainage and economics and employment.

For more information and project updates please visit the project webpage hosted by the City of Greater Geelong.

New Residential Zones

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee to report on the application of zones that provide for residential development. 

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to review the process within which the new residential zones were applied, review the zones and make suggestions for improvements, and consider the level of evidence and justification required when preparing planning scheme amendments.

Councils, communities, stakeholders and individuals were invited to make a submission and to present their comments at a public hearing held between 18 April and 19 May 2016.  The Advisory Committee will then report the summary of their issues and options to the Minister for Planning (within 40 business days).

For further information visit Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee.                                                                              


In July 2013, the State Government introduced new residential zones into the Victorian Planning Provisions via Amendment V8. The new residential zones replaced all existing Residential 1, 2 and 3 Zones with three new zones, as follows:

  • Neighbourhood Residential Zone – restricts housing growth and protects sensitive areas such as those affected by heritage or strong neighbourhood character.
  • General Residential Zone – preserves neighbourhood character while allowing for modest housing growth and diversity; and
  • Residential Growth Zone – allows higher density development and encourages more diverse housing and land use.

Residential land across Wyndham was rezoned on 1 July 2014 via Amendment VC116 to the General Residential Zone.

Wyndham’s Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy

Council adopted its Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy in August 2015.  The Strategy sets the long-term vision for managing residential development within Wyndham, and will be implemented through the application of the new zones.

Residential Zones State of Play Reports

In accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee, the Residential State of Play Reports were prepared and published in February 2016 to help assist in its review.  The purpose of the Reports is to provide an overview of the demographic and housing profile of Victoria as well as at a sub-regional level. They look at information on demographics, population growth, residentially zoned land, dwelling supply and anticipated residential growth.

Council’s submission

Council presented its submission to the Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee at the public hearing held between 18 April and 19 May 2016.  A copy of the submission is available in the Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes from 29 March 2016, where they were endorsed by Council.

If you have any questions regarding the implementation of the new zones please contact the Council’s Town Planning Department on 8734 5493 or mail@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Urban Design Framework Plan: A Vision For The Princes Highway / Geelong Road Corridor

Wyndham City Council has adopted the Urban Design Framework Plan: A Vision for the Princes Highway / Geelong Road Corridor.

The Framework recognises the important role this corridor plays in providing an entrance to Wyndham’s suburbs and establishes a vision for how future development will contribute to a positive sense of place and community identity.

It affects land in both the private and public realm, and will be used to provide specific guidelines for Council when making decisions in the corridor.

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