Phase 1 of Smart Planning rules reforms approved by Victorian Government

AS part of the Victorian's Government's Smart Planning program to improve the efficiency of the state's planning system, Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week gazetted the first of two rules reform amendment packages (VC142).

According to the government, the matters included in the amendment were identified through previous consultation and reviews, Tribunal decisions and other local government, industry and community input.

Skyline of Melbourne's Southbank precinct
Above: 'Southbank skyline from accross the Yarra at sunset' / by Romain Pontida.

Amendment VC142 makes a number of changes to the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes in Victoria to help improve the overall clarity and consistency of the VPP, and in turn, provide greater certainty for applicants and responsible authorities.

The changes include:

  • Removal of redundant or excessive provisions and permit requirements for low impact matters;
  • Clarification of unclear provisions and removal or relocation of some administrative requirements to reduce the complexity of planning schemes;
  • Updated planning provisions to reflect the contemporary needs of businesses; and
  • Use of contemporary land use terms and removing out-of-date references, to ensure schemes are current.

More substantial changes to improve the structure and operation of the VPP are scheduled to be introduced in mid-2018. More than 250 submissions were received following the release of the 'Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions' discussion paper last year, with findings and submissions to be shared this year.

More information about the Smart Planning program is available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at <>.

Photo: 'Southbank skyline from accross the Yarra at sunset' / Romain Pontida / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

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