New working group to finalise Victorian planning law changes

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden this week announced the creation of a new working group to finalise reforms to the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The group, consisting of representatives from local government, the development industry and the planning industry, will be led by Ian Robbins.

Mr Madden said while all parties agreed to the need for key reforms, there were divergent views on the specific areas of reform, particularly in the key areas of projects of state significance, fast track planning permits and the role of independent town planners.

"All sides of the planning and development industry agree we need to modernise planning laws to cut red tape, facilitate appropriate development and ensure major projects proceed smoothly," Mr Madden said.

Mr Madden said the reforms require support from all parties, with the "working group tasked with finding an agreed way forward."

The recommendations of the working group will be reviewed by the Minister prior to introducing the legislation to Parliament.

Mr Madden said the working group would also work through implementation issues of the agreed reforms to ensure the updated legislation could be operational as swiftly as possible.

The working group will begin as soon as practicable and their recommendations are expected before the end of the year.

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