Key elements of Semi-Bush precincts

  • The visual dominance of native vegetation including substantial indigenous trees and understorey species that creates a bushland character.
  • Buildings are obscured from view from the street and are sited with minimal excavation and disturbance to the natural landform.
  • Dwellings and other buildings are designed and coloured to blend in with the bushland landscape.
  • Gardens are continuous with roadside and surrounding property vegetation where there are no solid fences and fencing, if present, is usually of post and wire construction.


Neighbourhood Character of Semi-Bush precinct objectives are:

  • To maintain the appearance of development that is partly obscured from view by the topography or tree canopy.
  • To maintain the precinct’s rolling and hilly topography and its bushy vegetation character with significant indigenous or native canopy trees.

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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