A recent report released by the Victorian Planning Authority, provides interesting insight into the workings & efficiency of Victoria’s growth-area Councils.
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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.
The Metropolitan Planning Levy (MPL) affects planning permit applications with an estimated cost of development greater than $1mil and must be paid prior to the lodgement of the planning permit application. This significant and costly new tax/levy/fee (call it what you will) came into effect in July 2015 and is of importance to all practitioners that provide advice or prepare planning permit applications within metro Melbourne.
In a previous edition of Planning Tidbits we discussed the case of Macedon Ranges Shire Council v Romsey Hotel Pty Ltd in which the Supreme Court of Victoria considered whether the number of objections received in response to a planning permit application should be a determining factor