Permit applicant’s that regularly work in Mornington Shire Council will be aware that during 2018 Council had started to assess planning permit applications against the Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017. This strategy has formed the basis for planning scheme amendment C219 which seeks, among other things, to mandate minimum lot sizes of 300sqm and 450sqm in GRZ and NRZ respectively. However, the Minister’s office has not yet provided approval for amendment C219 to be prepared.
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Last year a number of changes were made to both the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act and Regulations. The changes impact the Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) processes and obligations for Victorian planning permit applicants. The following outlines some of the changes of most relevance to applicants.
Experienced planning permit applicants will be aware of the process available to request amendments via secondary consent provisions contained within approved permits. Such amendments often include: minor changes to approved planning drawings, materials and finishes, associated report, where the changes are not significant, do not change or breach the conditions of the permit, do not require re-notification to affected parties and are made possible under a condition in the planning permit which enables amendments with the ‘further written consent of the responsible authority’ (or similar wording).
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is currently reviewing fees for a number of services provided by local councils and the Minister, related to planning and subdivision.