Planning Scheme Amendment C275 proposes to apply a new design control to the township of Rye and rezone several parcels of land. The amendment implements key recommendations from Council’s adopted Rye Urban Design Guidelines and Rye Township Plan.

The amendment affects land in the core commercial area of Rye as well as several adjacent residential properties along Grace Street, Nelson Street and Hunt Avenue.

Map 1: Land affected by the proposed new design control

Map 2: Areas proposed to be rezoned

The amendment is required to implement key recommendations from Council’s adopted Rye Urban Design Guidelines and Rye Township Plan. These documents set out the strategic vision and direction for Rye’s future growth and development.

Specifically, the amendment proposes to apply new Schedule 58 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO58) to land within the commercial centre of Rye. This design control aims to maintain the valued low-scale character of the township and protect local amenity. It includes objectives and requirements for things like building heights, setbacks, materials and public realm interfaces. Some design requirements are mandatory, whereas others may be varied with a planning permit provided the overall design objectives can be met.

The amendment also proposes to rezone several residential properties right next to the main commercial area as recommended by the Rye Township Plan. These rezonings aim to increase the supply of commercial floor space to meet the growing needs of Rye as identified in Council’s Activity Centre Strategy 2018. All future development in these areas must meet the design requirements of the proposed new DDO58.

As shown on Map 2, the proposed rezonings are:

  • Several residential properties along Nelson and Grace Street from the General Residential 1 Zone (GRZ1) to the MUZ. This rezoning will create a transition between mostly commercial land uses to established residential areas. (Existing residential land uses on these properties can continue to exist because the MUZ allows for both residential and appropriate commercial uses).
  • Several residential properties along Dundas Street from the GRZ1 to the C1Z. This land is right next to the main commercial area and can accommodate generally larger buildings because Dundas Street is wider than other local streets.

The residential portions of 2415 Point Nepean Road (the Rye Hotel) and 2447 Point Nepean Road from GRZ1 to C1Z. This rezoning corrects a mapping error to ensure that these properties have only one land use zone.

You can view all documents relating to the amendment free of charge via the ‘Browse amendments – C275morn’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Viewing of Submissions

Exhibition of the amendment concluded on Sunday, 28 March 2021. You can view all submissions below, which have been redacted to protect submitters’ privacy:

Amendment C275morn – submissions

Council Decision

An independent planning panel has considered all submissions. Council has considered the submissions, panel’s report and recommendations and decided to adopt the amendment with changes at the 13 December 2021 Planning Services Committee Meeting.

Council submitted the amendment to the Minister for Planning for approval on 23 December 2021.

Ministerial Decision

The Minister for Planning has decided to approve the amendment with changes.