Housing and Neighbourhood Character in Banyule

It's been 10 years since Banyule’s Housing and Neighbourhood Character strategies were developed.

Since then our population has grown and our households have become more diverse. Melbourne is being reshaped by major infrastructure projects and notions of social and environmental sustainability have been transformed. We must now review our housing and neighbourhood character strategies and plan for Banyule's changing needs by building suitable homes and communities.

Affordability, housing choice, rental housing, social connectivity and sustainability are important considerations, and we need to revisit how we balance the need for housing growth and diversity, whilst respecting neighbourhood character and our suburbs' identities.

The Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review is a significant piece of strategic work that will be progressed over a number of years. It will include extensive community consultation at each stage that will ensure all sectors of our community are involved. See the Community Engagement tab below to find out when and how you can get involved.

Preliminary Discussion Paper

Thank you for your feedback on the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Preliminary Discussion Paper. Your feedback is helping to inform the development of a detailed Housing Discussion Paper. Feedback on this stage of engagement has now closed.

What we did

From May to July 2022, we consulted with the community on the Preliminary Discussion Paper to find out what's important to them about where and how they live and what the future needs of the community might be.

During that time 370 people provided feedback and there were over 1,800 visits to the Shaping Banyule project page.

What you told us

The key themes for housing were:

The key themes for neighbourhood character were:

View the findings report here.

The Preliminary Discussion Paper and feedback received is the background work needed to start a conversation and consider how the housing and policy landscape has changed since 2009.

It's important that together, we consider whether our housing aims are being achieved, and how we can adapt our thinking and approach to our current needs.

Click on the 'follow' button at the top of this page to stay up to date on this project. We will be providing updates on the extensive community consultation currently being planned.

Community engagement

There will be three key opportunities for you to get involved:

The preliminary discussion paper was available for review with an opportunity to share your thoughts with us by completing an online survey. The feedback provided will help to inform the topics in the Stage 2 Housing Discussion Paper, which will be a more detailed document.

The survey for stage 1 has now closed. View the survey results.

This paper will present analysis on the important housing issues in Banyule and opportunities to address housing challenges for our residents.

Extensive consultation will be conducted to ensure all sectors of our community are involved. Feedback will help to inform the Draft Housing Strategy.

Two separate draft strategies will be developed next year. These include:

  • The draft Housing Strategy – outlining Council’s long-term plan to manage future housing growth and change so that it best meets the ongoing needs of the community.
  • The draft Neighbourhood Character Strategy – this will be prepared alongside the Draft Housing Strategy. It will identify the important features and key issues of each neighbourhood. It will provide strategic direction to guide future development.

Both will be informed by the consultation done in stages 1 and 2 of the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review.

It will include extensive community consultation through a variety of face to face and online settings that will ensure all sectors of our community are involved.

The final strategies will include recommendations for changes to the Banyule Planning Scheme. Further consultation will be planned as part of any future Planning Scheme Amendment process.