The following are definitions of some of the more common planning terms we use:
Activity Centre: An area that provides a focus for services, employment, housing, transport and social interaction. They include Yarra's retail streets.
Commercial zone: Land that primarily has a commercial purpose, including shops, offices and restaurants.
Design and Development Overlay: A planning tool that is applied to areas such as activity centres like precincts and shopping strips that need specific requirements to guide the built form and design of new development.
Dwelling: A house, townhouse or apartment. It might be a single dwelling on a lot, a row of dwellings, a block of flats or apartments - each individual residence is a dwelling.
Heritage Overlay: A planning tool that is applied to properties which are deemed places of natural or cultural significance. A Heritage Overlay provides guidance about how to undertake works which conserve and enhance the significance of heritage properties, and ensures any works are not detrimental to the significance of heritage properties.
Major Employment Precincts: There are two in Yarra - Cremorne and Church Street, Richmond and Gipps Street, Collingwood. They host a diversity of traditional industrial uses, commercial offices and creative industries.
Mixed use zone: Land that has a mixture of commercial, industrial and residential uses.
Planning Scheme: A core responsibility of local government is to provide a planning scheme that sets out how land can be used, developed, protected or conserved. It includes policies, zones, overlays and other provisions to achieve its objectives.
Residential zone: Land that is predominantly for housing. The residential zone applies to 805 hectares of land in Yarra, accounting for 41% of all land in the municipality.
Strategic Development Sites: Sites that have been identified for redevelopment. They are often in commercial and mixed-use areas and include large, industrial parcels of land, such as the former paper mill in Alphington.
Urban renewal: The term for redeveloping land in cities, which often involves demolishing old structures and replacing them with new houses, facilities and infrastructure.
Zones: The planning scheme zones all land to reflect various land uses. Zones categorise how land is used and there are specific rules relating to each zone.