Victorian Government approves new interim controls to protect key section of Yarra River

THE Victorian Government last week approved new interim planning controls to protect a key section of the Yarra River in inner Melbourne from inappropriate development.

The amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme introduces a new Design and Development Overlay 1 and Environmental Significance Overlay 1 to strengthen protection of the key values along the Yarra River corridor on an interim basis until 31 December 2017.

Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne
Above: Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne / by Robyn Cox.

The new controls include a mandatory building height and setback controls in order to guide appropriate development outcomes along the river within the City of Yarra.

In December, the State Government appointed the new Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee to drive consultation and draft the new Yarra River Protection Act, legislating for long-term protection.

Also last month, the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes were updated by relocating an updated Clause 11.04-9 (River corridors) to a new Clause 12.05 (Rivers), and introducing a new Clause 12.05-2 (Yarra River protection).

Photo: Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne / Robyn Cox / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

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