Amendment C189 - Canopy Trees in Moreland

About Amendment C189

Council’s vision for the future is to create sustainable neighbourhoods that promote the overall health and wellbeing of our residents. To help get closer towards this vision, Council is taking actions towards greening our municipality by increasing the amount of trees and vegetation.

Amendment C189 implements this vision and actions of the Moreland Urban Forest Strategy (PDF 9Mb), Moreland Urban Heat Island Action Plan (DOC 48Mb) and Medium Density Housing Review (PDF 30Mb) that recommend increasing tree canopy cover in new development to improve the quality of new dwellings to benefit those who live within them as well as the broader Moreland community.

What does Amendment C189 do?

Amendment C189 proposes to introduce new landscaping requirements in the Moreland Planning Scheme that will:

  • Ensure canopy trees are included in the design of new dwellings
  • Ensure there is enough space for new canopy trees to be able to grow
  • Provide greater clarity to applicants and property owners when designing development with multiple dwellings

How will the Moreland Planning Scheme change?

The key changes to the Moreland Planning Scheme are:

  1. New tree planting requirements within the Residential Zone Schedules
  2. Modyfing Local Policy and the Moreland Tree Planting Manual for Residential Zones to be consistent with the new tree planting requirements
  3. Replace the reference document Moreland Landscape Guidelines (2009) (DOC 1Mb) with the updated Moreland Urban Forest Strategy (2017-2027) (PDF 9Mb).
    (PDF 9Mb)

Find the right tree for the right space

Our Tree Finder Tool assists in choosing an appropriate trees species and includes a number of searchable options including the purpose of the tree, size of the open space area and the size of a tree.

Does the amendment affect me?

This amendment affects all land zoned Neighbourhood Residential Zone, General Residential Zone, Residential Growth Zone and Mixed Use Zone and focuses on development of two or more dwellings.

Can I still build on my property?

Our analysis has found that the proposed canopy tree requirements will not impact the ability to build on your property, including building more than one house. This analysis is detailed in the Background Report: Canopy Trees in Residential Areas (PDF 9Mb).

Does this amendment protect existing trees?

Whilst this amendment does not specifically focus on the removal of existing trees, encouraging a design that factors in existing trees by Council Officers will continue, with any retained trees counted towards the new tree canopy requirements.

What else is Council doing to increase the number of trees?

Council has committed to making changes to ensure canopy cover is also increasing in the public spaces through a number of initiatives including:

  • Strategic change in approach to plant larger trees to maximise canopy cover
  • Annual tree planting program commitment to planting 5,000 new trees per year
  • New Urban Forestry Officer to implement planting program
  • Prioritising planting within areas more vulnerable to urban heat
  • Improving irrigation of open spaces
  • Transitioning to a zero carbon Council
  • Commitment to creating two new parks in this Council term

Where to inspect Amendment C189 documents?

All documents that support this amendment can be found electronically on the right hand side of this web page.

You may also inspect the amendment, any documents that supports the amendment free of charge at all of Council's Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

The amendment can also be inspected on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

The planning authority must make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

Consultation and submission

Submissions closed on Friday 20 December 2019. Thank you to those who made a submission. All submisions will be reviewed and considered at the 12 February 2020 Council meeting.

Further Information

For further information or to discuss how the changes might affect you please phone Council's Strategic Planning Team on 9384 9215 or email Strategic Planning.

There are documents on this page in PDF-only format. If you have trouble opening or viewing a PDF document, contact Council and we will arrange to provide the information in a format that suits your needs. See Council's accessibility page for further details