Why are we making planning scheme changes?
We are making changes to planning schemes as part of the reforms to:
- simplify and streamline planning permit application assessments
- create clearer and more certain planning scheme requirements
- improve and update planning system guidance for planners and applicants
Several changes to planning schemes have already been made.
Transport and land use planning
Amendment VC200 – State transport projects
On 17 February 2022, Amendment VC200 made the Minister for Planning the Responsible Authority for planning permit applications made by the Head, Transport for Victoria (T for V) or the Secretary of the Department of Transport. The requirements for these applications are specified in new clause 53.21 (State transport projects) in the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes.
The amendment also exempts specified land use and development for state transport projects from planning scheme requirements.
The changes were made to facilitate delivery of state transport projects.
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Amendment VC205– New Transport Zone
On 20 January 2022, Amendment VC205 introduced a new Transport Zone to replace the Road Zone and Public Use Zone 4. Planning provisions are now consistent for all transport land, reflecting planning for a Transport System rather than for individual modes.
The amendment updated clause 52.29 (Land Adjacent to the Principal Road Network) to reference the new terminology, and clause 66.03 (Referral of permit application under other state standard provisions) to reference the new Transport Zone.
The amendment also changed 2385 planning scheme maps and local schedules in 69 planning schemes, to reflect the update.
Amendment VC204 - updates to State planning policy for transport
On 9 December 2021, VC204 updated the State planning policy to support a more integrated transport system. It is simpler and more certain for decision-makers, infrastructure providers and the community.
The changes will apply to Clause 18 (Transport) provisions in the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes. The amendment also made consequential changes to clauses 66.02, 65.01 and 65.02.
Victoria’s transport needs are changing. We need to plan for increased movement of people and goods, deliver critical infrastructure and jobs via our transport system. Delivering integrated transport and land use planning will ensure our cities and regions are:
- efficient and liveable
- well placed to face these contemporary challenges
The new provisions ensure land use planning decisions are made using clear and up-to-date information about State transport policy and the transport system, including the vision and objectives of the Transport Integration Act 2010. The Act puts the transport user and how they move, rather than individual transport modes at the centre of the transport system.
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