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Neighbourhood Character Study

The changes made to the Victorian planning system, through ResCode and now forming part of the Maroondah Planning Scheme, identify neighbourhood character as the starting point for the design and consideration of all residential development.

The current planning framework of the Maroondah Planning Scheme sets out the broad strategic directions for residential development, and the Schedule to the Residential 1 zone identifies specific requirements relating to the provision of private open space and dwelling setback. The newest addition to the planning framework for residential development is the identification of specific neighbourhood character design issues for the distinct neighbourhoods of Maroondah.

The Neighbourhood Character Study identified these important design issues and allows the neighbourhood character objectives to be met by setting out clear guidelines for residential development in each of the 23 Neighbourhood Character areas.

About the study

The principal objective of this study was to identify and evaluate the significant or dominant urban and environmental elements that contribute to Maroondah's character, and develop preferred future character for the residential areas of the City.

Rolling topography and a mixture of architectural styles set in established landscapes characterise the residential areas of Maroondah. The presence of established trees, gardens and extensive views to surrounding ridgelines were identified as features of the City particularly important to the community of Maroondah.

The study identified a total of 23 Neighbourhood Areas. These areas were derived mainly on the basis of preferred future character, a function of the existing relationship between buildings (era and style of development) and their relationship to the streetscape and broader landscape. Neighbourhood Areas 22 and 23 correspond to the areas covered by the Croydon Town Centre Residential Development Policy and Ringwood Activity Centre Residential Development Policy.

Neighbourhood Character Brochures

The Character Area brochures provide guidelines for the design of new dwellings and dwelling extensions to ensure that new proposals assist in achieving the preferred future character for each area.

To view the 23 Neighbourhood Character brochures, you can first identify the area of interest from the Neighbourhood Map, and then view the appropriate brochure.


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