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Amendment C109

What is Amendment C109?

Planning Scheme Amendment C109 will facilitate a comprehensive restructure of the Wellington Planning Scheme (Planning Scheme) and include minor revisions to some zone and overlay provisions to help reduce red-tape and make some types of new (minor) development such as sheds, easier. The Amendment is a ‘mandated’ State Government requirement under the ‘Smart Planning’ program that applies to all planning schemes across Victoria to ensure state-wide consistency in how they are presented.

The Amendment will result in a new look, streamlined Planning Policy Framework (PPF), which integrates state, regional and local planning policy into a more succinct and user-friendly structure.

Following the closure of the Hazelwood Mine in the Latrobe Valley in October 2016, a 3-year state government funded initiative called ‘Planning in the Economic Growth Zone’ (PEGZ) was established. PEGZ sought to improve the planning system and ensure that development and investment can progress in a streamlined manner with greater certainty across the Latrobe Valley. The PEGZ Councils included Wellington Shire, Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shire.

The recommendations of both the Smart Planning program and PEGZ initiative will culminate in a substantially restructured and more succinct version of the existing Planning Scheme.

What are the key changes proposed?

Amendment C109 will replace the current ‘Municipal Strategic Statement’ (MSS) at Clause 21 and local policies at Clause 22 of the Planning Scheme with a new ‘Municipal Planning Strategy’ (MPS) and combined local and state Planning Policy Framework, whilst also making (minor) changes to a select number of local zone and overlay schedules.

The Amendment makes the following key changes to the current content of the Planning Scheme:

  • Relocates the content under the appropriate headings of the new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) and local schedules of the Planning Scheme where the intended effect of that clause or any other clause is not changed.
  • Makes minor revisions to selected zone and overlay schedules to improve their operation and reduce the number of unnecessary planning permit triggers.
  • Clarifies and improves the style, format, language or grammatical form of the Planning Scheme in accordance with the principles set out in, ‘A Practitioner’s Guide to Victorian Planning Schemes (October 2018)’, where the intended effect of that clause or any other clause is not changed.
  • Updates clause references, department names, legislation names, document references, terminology and statistical data.
  • Deletes or adjusts incompatible content that conflicts with State planning policy of the Victoria Planning Provisions.
  • Removes repetitive or duplicated content.
  • Removes or updates outdated content.

Current Status

The amendment is currently in a period of public exhibition in accordance with Section 19 of the Planning and Environment Act. The exhibition documents detailing the amendment can be found below.

During this time, any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions. The closing date for submissions is 5 September 2022. A submission must be sent to the Strategic Planning Department, Wellington Shire Council, PO Box 506, SALE VIC 3850

The planning authority must make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.  

If you have any additional questions or seeking clarification, please contact Mr. David Merrett of Spectrum Planning Solutions on 0428 132 713 or email: david@spectrumps.com.au.

Exhibition documents

Further Information

For further information on this Amendment please contact a member of the Strategic Planning Team on 1300 366 244.

This page was last published on:
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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