Planning Scheme Amendments
The planning scheme is a statutory document which sets out objectives, policies and provisions relating to the use, development and protection of land in the area it specifies. To alter the planning scheme you must apply for an amendment.
Why make an amendment?
- to implement new local policy or strategy
- to allow some use or development currently prohibited by the scheme
- to set aside land for acquisition for a public purpose
- to apply changes made to the Victoria Planning Provisions
- to correct mistakes
An amendment can be initiated by Council, the Planning Minister or an individual. The amendment process is detailed and can take some time.
What steps are involved in the amendment process?
- a concept is developed and documented
- a formal written request is made to amend the planning scheme
- request is considered by council and notice is given about the amendment
- members of the public are able to make submissions
- if submissions are recieved, the amendment should be changed to resolve any issues, referred to an independent panel or abandoned
- if referred to a panel, the panel will hold a public hearing before preparing a repost and recommendation to Council
- if Council decides to support the amendment, it is forwarded to the Minister for Consideration for approval and a decision
- if the Minister approves the amendment, notice of this approval is published in the Government Gazette
- the Minister then gives notice of the approval in Parliament
- the outcomes of the amendment can then be implemented
How long does it take?
Please note the amendment process is complex, can take between 6 and 12 months to complete and can be costly. There is also no right to appeal if Council decide not to prepare your amendment. Before making an application please contact our Strategic Planning team to discuss your proposal. They can offer advice and help to identify any potential issues.
For more information please contact us on 1300 368 333 or email us.