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

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.

VC139 – New Apartment Design Guidelines for Applicants

In late August, the State Government gazetted Amendment VC139. For regular development applicants, the most significant change contained in VC 139 are the new Apartment Design Guidelines for Victoria.
The Apartment Design Guidelines have been created as a companion to the recently introduced Better Apartment Design Standards and are now listed as a reference document within the State Planning Provisions.
Permit applicants seeking planning permission for apartment projects can review the new Apartment Design Guidelines for assistance in interpreting the following Objectives and Standards:

Proposed Amendment Slammed: C140

A recent attempt by Bayside City Council to amend their Neighbourhood Residential Zone (affecting approximately 80% of the residential land in the municipality) raised the ire of residents, professionals and industry bodies alike. The amended schedule to the NRZ was proposed to include a schedule prescribing:

New Zone Warning for Applicants

Making Amendments to your Application Could Render it Prohibited A recent VCAT decision has sent shivers through the industry by concluding that an applicant who makes amendments to a planning permit application throughout the assessment process (pursuant to Section 50 and 50A of the Planning and Environment Act) will forfeit […]

Proposed Planning and Environment Amendment Regulations 2013

In the May 2013 edition Clause:1 provided an update on the changes to planning legislation outlined in the Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013. The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) has recently called for comments on the proposed Planning and Environment Amendment Regulations 2013. Most of the proposed Regulations are related to reforms in the General Act that will commence on 28 October 2013. This article summarises the proposed changes to the Regulations which are likely to be of particular interest to BDAV readers.

Vic Smart – Small & Fast

Along with the recent changes to the planning zones, the State Government is also introducing further changes to the planning permit process in order to fast track simple and low impact planning permit applications through the statutory planning process.

P & E Amendments: A Win for Permit Applicants

We at Clause: 1 were excited to learn of some of the changes to planning legislation outlined in the Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013. The Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Bill was passed by Victorian Parliament and received Royal Assent in February 2013. It is expected most of the changes will come into force on or before October 2013.