Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Character Study

Updated 20 August 2019

The Neighbourhood Character Study has been prepared to guide how new residential development will be required to respond to the existing and preferred character across Hobsons Bay.

The municipality is experiencing changes in residential development that impact on neighbourhood character. Hobsons Bay, like the rest of metropolitan Melbourne, is under pressure to accommodate new medium and higher density development. Changes to the existing streetscapes can impact on existing neighbourhood character so it is important that Council has the right planning policy tools in place to appropriately protect and preserve neighbourhood character.

The new study can be found here (insert link), with the associated brochures here (insert link).

If you require any assistance or have question please see the "who's listening" box on the right of this page.

NOTE: Every care has been taken to ensure the information provided by the New Residential Zones interactive tool is correct. However, Hobsons Bay City Council does not accept any liability to any person or organisation for the information it provides.


Updated 20 August 2019

The Neighbourhood Character Study has been prepared to guide how new residential development will be required to respond to the existing and preferred character across Hobsons Bay.

The municipality is experiencing changes in residential development that impact on neighbourhood character. Hobsons Bay, like the rest of metropolitan Melbourne, is under pressure to accommodate new medium and higher density development. Changes to the existing streetscapes can impact on existing neighbourhood character so it is important that Council has the right planning policy tools in place to appropriately protect and preserve neighbourhood character.

The new study can be found here (insert link), with the associated brochures here (insert link).

If you require any assistance or have question please see the "who's listening" box on the right of this page.

NOTE: Every care has been taken to ensure the information provided by the New Residential Zones interactive tool is correct. However, Hobsons Bay City Council does not accept any liability to any person or organisation for the information it provides.


  • Know Your Neighbourhood Character Study – Summary

    11 months ago
    Neighbourhood character study pic

    Find out what the Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Character Study is about, the neighbourhood character types that were identified for different residential areas throughout the municipality and how the Study and associated Design Guidelines are to be applied in helping to guide Council’s planning decisions by reading the Know Your Neighbourhood Character Study summary booklet.

    Find out what the Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Character Study is about, the neighbourhood character types that were identified for different residential areas throughout the municipality and how the Study and associated Design Guidelines are to be applied in helping to guide Council’s planning decisions by reading the Know Your Neighbourhood Character Study summary booklet.

  • What are the Neighbourhood Character Types in Hobsons Bay?

    by mconkey, 11 months ago
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    The Neighbourhood Character Study 2019 updates the previous 2002 study and identifies six broad neighbourhood character types for Hobsons Bay, one of which is a mix of two types (Inner Urban/Garden Suburban). Each character type is the result of how development history and different elements such as architectural styles, building form, landscaping, colours, materials and lot layout combine to make one residential area generally different from another.

    The six character types:

    • Inner Urban
    • Garden Suburban
    • Garden Court
    • Waterfront Suburban
    • Urban Contemporary
    • Inner Urban/Garden Suburban

    Find a more detailed explanation of Neighbourhood Character and...

    The Neighbourhood Character Study 2019 updates the previous 2002 study and identifies six broad neighbourhood character types for Hobsons Bay, one of which is a mix of two types (Inner Urban/Garden Suburban). Each character type is the result of how development history and different elements such as architectural styles, building form, landscaping, colours, materials and lot layout combine to make one residential area generally different from another.

    The six character types:

    • Inner Urban
    • Garden Suburban
    • Garden Court
    • Waterfront Suburban
    • Urban Contemporary
    • Inner Urban/Garden Suburban

    Find a more detailed explanation of Neighbourhood Character and the different character types in Hobsons Bay here.


  • Where are the Neighbourhood Character Precincts in Hobsons Bay?

    by mconkey, 11 months ago
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    The 2018 Study has identified 28 individual Neighbourhood Character Precincts across the municipality that generally occur in four broad groups, ‘South’, ‘West’, ‘North’ and ‘East’. The locations of the 28 precincts are identified in Map 10 of the Study.

    A Neighbourhood Character Precinct is an area that generally shows the development history and different elements of a particular residential character types (i.e. setbacks, landscaping etc.) and the precinct area is defined on a map.

    View map of proposed Neighbourhood Character Precincts here.

    The 2018 Study has identified 28 individual Neighbourhood Character Precincts across the municipality that generally occur in four broad groups, ‘South’, ‘West’, ‘North’ and ‘East’. The locations of the 28 precincts are identified in Map 10 of the Study.

    A Neighbourhood Character Precinct is an area that generally shows the development history and different elements of a particular residential character types (i.e. setbacks, landscaping etc.) and the precinct area is defined on a map.

    View map of proposed Neighbourhood Character Precincts here.
  • What are the Neighbourhood Character Precinct Brochures?

    by mconkey, 11 months ago
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    Neighbourhood Character Precinct Brochures are detailed brochures that provide the design guidelines for established residential properties across the entire municipality. In total there are 40 brochures for all the different areas across the municipality. Each area is identified for 'substantial change', 'moderate change' or 'limited change' and a specific brochures for each area has been developed.

    To find the brochure which relates to your area of interest (i.e your Home), type the address in the interactive map search function, and then the brochure related to your area will be shown. This brochure will provide you with useful information about your...

    Neighbourhood Character Precinct Brochures are detailed brochures that provide the design guidelines for established residential properties across the entire municipality. In total there are 40 brochures for all the different areas across the municipality. Each area is identified for 'substantial change', 'moderate change' or 'limited change' and a specific brochures for each area has been developed.

    To find the brochure which relates to your area of interest (i.e your Home), type the address in the interactive map search function, and then the brochure related to your area will be shown. This brochure will provide you with useful information about your area, such as the predominant character of your street, siting of houses, expected building form, vegetation and colors and materials. It should be noted that, in addition to your specific brochure, there is a general brochure which relates to all areas.

    The Neighbourhood Character Precinct Brochure - Combined can be viewed here.