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:

  • diverse and affordable housing options
  • providing opportunities for extended families to live together

  • couples to downsize

  • extra rental options for the community

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:

  • a height limit of 5 metres
  • a maximum floor size of 60 square metres
  • the need to meet the minimum garden area requirements of the zone, along with other siting and design requirements assessed through the permit process
  • no ability to subdivide
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