15 July 2014 – BRIEF: Maximum heights and set back requirements for development along a 70 kilometre stretch of Melbourne’s Yarra River upstream of the city centre are being proposed under draft riverside planning controls released this week by the Victorian Government Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy.

The Middle Yarra Recommendations Report covers the stretch of the river from Ivanhoe to Warrandyte, passing through the local government areas of some of Melbourne’s wealthiest areas, Banyule, Manningham and Nillumbik in the north east.

The recommendations include mandatory height limits for riverside properties of between 8 and 12 metres; increasing minimum lot sizes, particularly in rural and lower density areas; mandatory setbacks of between 30 m and 100 m from the river depending on lot size and location; and applying the Neighbourhood Residential Zone along the inner urban stretch, which is largely within Banyule LGA.

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