• 5. Liveable Residential Neighbourhoods

    Important and liveable residential neigbourhoods that deliver quality residential development.

Wyndham will require more diverse and affordable housing to accommodate its growing population. Additional housing will occur within and close to the City Heart, the Neighbourhood Pulses and the Derrimut Road Boulevard but also will be provided in the urban growth areas to the west and north. The Liveable Residential Neighbourhoods big idea is about ensuring that these newly created and developing residential neighbourhoods are better planned, designed and developed as accessible, liveable, integrated and vibrant urban environments.

Underpinned by the concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods outlined, this big idea is all about achieving greater levels of liveability for many thousands of existing and future residents living in the urban growth areas of Wyndham.

The new approach proposed prioritizes infrastructure delivery in the Neighbourhood Pulses with surrounding and new and emerging residential neighbourhoods to be integrated with these as effectively as possible. Building on the Neighbourhood Pulses an integrated active transport network of walking, cycling and micro-mobility paths and public transport services within each developing and future residential neighbourhood will be prioritized.

This will help to ensure more direct, safe and easy access to the jobs, services and facilities located in the nearest mixed-use, higher density neighbourhood pulse servicing a number of residential areas. Community infrastructure for these new communities will be prioritized in highly accessible key locations with higher order community services and facilities located in Neighbourhood Pulses close to where people live.

Currently, developing and emerging residential neighbourhoods in Wyndham lack choice in the type of housing available to purchase or rent and experience challenges in relation to affordability. Single detached dwellings dominate the market and yet it is anticipated that more diversity in the housing market is needed to accommodate anticipated growth in single and two person households. Integral to the concept of liveable residential neighbourhoods is a mix of household types and age groups – where people can remain in the local community and upsize or downsize their housing as their lifestyles, budgets and needs change. Greater housing densities and more housing choice is needed in these new and emerging residential neighbourhoods.

As a minimum an average of 25- 30 dwellings per Net Developable Hectare (NDHa) will be required in these new and emerging residential neighbourhoods. This average density will not be met by just reducing allotment sizes still with one dwelling per lot as has been the practice. The increased density and diversity of housing typologies is to be delivered across each development with a focus on medium density and greater housing choice in key locations supported by essential urban infrastructure. For example, adjacent to local neighbourhood centres and within Neighbourhood Pulses are preferred locations.

Council will encourage and support developers to prepare design guidance for new subdivisions and new housing that will:

  • integrate the process of subdivision with housing densities and typologies, dwelling design and orientation
  • deliver architectural diversity and design excellence in the housing stock being delivered
  • deliver affordable housing in appropriate locations
  • deliver a sense of address for a particular development that sets it apart from other developments in the area
  • deliver the capacity for tree planting in front and rear yards
  • discourage dark roofs and encourage the use of light-coloured roofs to dwellings
  • discourage double garages to the fronts of dwellings with wide driveways that detract from the capacity to support trees
  • encourage the use of rear laneways in new subdivisions enabling access to secure garages
  • integrate and connect safe pedestrian and cycle paths complemented by street tree planting to local destinations such as shops, schools, parks etc

The quality and design of the public realm of Wyndham’s new and emerging residential neighbourhoods are fundamental to the liveability, appeal and attractiveness of these areas. A public realm that is well designed, inviting and memorable encourages people to walk, mingle and recreate. It nurtures community pride in their local area, attracts investment in jobs and services and contributes to social interaction and cohesion.

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8 February, 2023

CMD says:

We DO NOT need increased density, the roads in the area can't handle the existing levels.

6 February, 2023

Bpragmatic says:

Some of this is a step too far. Next, Council will probably issue a uniform for residents to wear as well! Plot lost Wyndham. Not enough cha

19 January, 2023

Shafi says:

We DON'T need more density in housing, but large parks, dog parks and water features. stop building the copy pasted defective bland houses.

16 January, 2023

Lance Pritchard says:

DP 5 - Larger blocks? Mandate % of building on a block? DP 6 - DP 8 - 140 Characters is rubbish - Just ticking the consultation box.

13 January, 2023

Mandy..... says:

We need to slow the 'growing population' whilst we rethink these plans.

9 January, 2023

Resident says:

More space between properties to green the area, not just one park in the middle. Forced green areas same as industrial build requirements.

5 January, 2023

Jason says:

What is meant by "affordable housing in appropriate locations"? Please no housing commission slums!

24 December, 2022

Cammo says:

I do not trust this council to make good choices in house design the grey flats that look like shipping containers in tarneit rd are proof

24 December, 2022

Cammo says:

I don't like raising the density and putting yet more restrictions on what we can and cannot have high density is more suited to st kilda

24 December, 2022

Nomdeguerre says:

Invest in lighting and exercise equipment along the lollipop Creek walking path. More people = better use of green space

23 December, 2022

Ish says:

We need to plant the trees but also look for options of dwarf ones to support homes for solar electricity generation.

22 December, 2022

Werribee resident says:

We need to stop template houses. I see the same house replicated 100 times in one estate. Also artificial turf in front yards. Ugly