Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 has identified the need to facilitate housing choice and meet changing household needs. Alternative forms of housing such as secondary dwellings offer:
Between August 2020 and March 2021, a pilot program involving four councils will trial the Secondary Dwelling Code. The councils involved in the pilot are Greater Bendigo, Murrindindi, Kingston and Moreland councils.
Smart Planning has developed a code to facilitate small-scale granny-flat or garden studio style accommodation on the same lot as an existing dwelling in a residential area. Key aspects of the code to guide the siting and design of secondary dwellings are: