Key elements of Bush Garden precincts

  • The visual dominance of vegetation including large native and indigenous trees and bush garden planting.
  • The way in which the majority of development sits within the landscape with minimal excavation, and dwellings are partly obscured from view.
  • The hillsides appear to be covered by trees even when developed with houses.
  • Dwellings with colours that blend with the landscape.
  • A general lack of front fencing.


Neighbourhood Character of Bush Garden precinct objectives are:

  • To maintain the dominance of indigenous vegetation where development is sited to minimise disruption to the precinct’s rolling and hilly topography.
  • To maintain the significant native and indigenous tree canopy.

In addition to the specific objectives, all precincts in Eltham and Eltham North also have the following objectives:

  • To maintain the existing vegetation including canopy trees.
  • To minimise detrimental impacts on the landscape from site erosion and excavation.
  • To ensure buildings do not dominate the streetscape.
  • To ensure that car parking areas, garages and carports do not dominate sites when viewed from the street.
  • To maintain and enhance the continuous flow of the garden settings and the openness of the front boundary treatment.


What aspects of your area are most important to you? What do you think should be protected and enhanced?

Have your say before your neighbourhood changes so that the things you like about it must be taken into consideration in future Council planning decisions.

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