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The Bayside Housing Strategy 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.

The 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 Housing Strategy is being reviewed to make sure it is still addressing the needs and aspirations of the Bayside community. We want to create awareness around key housing issues in Bayside and hear community ideas on how we can address current and future housing challenges while providing an effective blueprint for managing expected population growth.

The review of the Strategy aims to ensure housing meets the needs of the community, now and in the future, focusing on how to:

  • Improve and increase affordable housing for moderate-low income households.
  • Encourage more aged care and retirement living close to shops and services.
  • Require housing to include environmentally sustainable design.
  • Encourage more adaptable housing.
  • Strengthen Council's ability to protect and enhance Bayside's vegetation and tree cover.
  • Plan for and deliver the required social and physical infrastructure.

If you would like further information, or to meet a Project Officer face to face, please contact Council during business hours, on 9599 4647 or email