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Discussion Papers & Articles

Victoria's New Residential Zones
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Calculating Council's 60 Day Timeframe
Applying for Costs at VCAT
Amending a Planning Permit



Bushfire Prone Area Mapping Updated

On 10 September 2019 the Bushfire Prone Area Map for Victoria was updated, including parts of Ballarat, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Cardinia, Casey, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Hume, Latrobe, Macedon Ranges, Melton, Mitchell, South Gippsland, Surf Coast, Warrnambool, Wellington, Whittlesea, Wodonga, and Wyndham municipalities.

Contaminated Land Mapping

DELWP has created an interactive online mapping tool named Victoria Unearthed, which provides site specific information about land, groundwater, historical business listings and potential contamination. Victoria Unearthed includes information on EPA Licenced sites, EPA Audits, Groundwater Restricted Use, the Victorian Landfill Register, Historical Business Listings and Environmental Audit Overlays.

VCAT Red Dot Decisions – Development Plans

The recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) case ID-FLK Gisborne Pty Ltd v Macedon Ranges SC [2019] VCAT 1336 considered whether VCAT has the power to amend and/or consider a version of a Development Plan that differs from the Development Plan that formed the basis of the responsible authority’s decision.

Extension of Better Apartment Standards

The Victorian State Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been consulting on changes to the Better Apartment Design Standards, which were introduced to Victoria’s Planning Schemes in April 2017.  The next phase of the Standards seeks to ensure apartment developments have a positive impact on their local area. DELWP has prepared a discussion paper proposing potential changes to the Apartment Standards, with five main policy aims seeking to provide:

Garden Area and “The Lot”

A recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal “RED DOT” decision has provided clarity on the definition of “lot”, where there are multiple titles involved in one planning permit application, for example, building multiple dwellings over two titles. The decision in Clayton Gardens Pty Ltd v Monash CC [2019] VCAT 1138 considered whether the mandatory garden area requirement applies to each single lot or to the whole application area if there are multiple titles in an application. It also considered whether, if it applied to the multiple titles, whether it was reasonable to include a condition on the permit requiring the lots to be consolidated as part of the approval.

Land Use Definitions

Planning Scheme Amendment VC 159 was gazetted on 14 July 2019 and applies to all Victorian Planning Schemes. The Amendment is part of the Victorian Government’s Smart Planning program which aims to simplify and modernise Victoria’s planning policy and rules to make planning more efficient, accessible and transparent. VC159 amends all planning schemes to introduce new land use terms, revise the definition of land use terms and change where land use terms are nested.

Victoria’s New Residential Zones

The Victorian Government has introduced the most significant changes to Victoria’s planning zones since the introduction of the standardised Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP) over a decade ago. The new zones are expected to significantly change the residential development landscape across Victoria. The following article looks at the new General Residential Zone […]