The Updated Housing Strategy Draft is ready!

The Bayside Housing Strategy was first adopted in 2012 and guides where and how residential development will occur in the future. It looks at the location and type of residential development required to meet the changing needs of the Bayside community, whilst ensuring development is consistent with and enhances Bayside’s valued urban character.

Read the Draft Updated Housing Strategy here.

The Housing Strategy has been reviewed to make sure it is still addressing the needs and aspirations of the Bayside community. We asked the community for ideas on how we can address current and future housing challenges while providing an effective blueprint for managing expected population growth.

The draft Strategy outlines where new housing growth should be located in Bayside, nominating Bayside’s activity centres, residential areas in close proximity to Elsternwick, Southland and Cheltenham train stations, and strategic redevelopment sites as appropriate locations for housing growth.

The Housing Strategy has been very effective in directing medium and high density development to these identified housing growth areas, whilst retaining the low rise nature of the established residential areas (called minimal residential growth areas).

As a result of the Housing Strategy, Bayside has one of the lowest proportions of land covered by high and medium density residential zones across Victoria.

The Updated Strategy is expected to be presented to Council for adoption at a future meeting of Council.

If you would like further information, or to meet a Project Officer face to face, please contact Council during business hours, on 9599 4635 or email

All questions and comments must be received by 10 November 2019 for consideration in the report to Council.