The State Government has completed its pre-election promises of a review of the Residential Zones and the way in which they were implemented.

Ratio planning and engineering consultants recently reviewed, in depth, the potential changes that are coming to the zoning regulations.

The key changes are:

  • Removing the restriction on the number of dwellings that can be built on a property in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ). The new version of the zone will not limit the number of dwellings on a lot, which for most municipalities, is currently two. 
  • Increasing the mandatory building height in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone from 8m to 9m, and including a two-storey maximum.
  • Changing the discretionary 9m building height in the General Residential Zone (GRZ) to a mandatory height of 11m, and a three-storey maximum.
  • Introducing a mandatory garden area requirement for lots over 400m2 in both the Neighbourhood Residential Zone and the General Residential Zone. This will require 25 – 35% of the land area be set aside as landscaping with driveways not included in this calculation.

Read More in depth analysis of the zoning changes and what they might mean to you in ratios article.