Major reforms to simplify and modernise Victoria’s Planning Provisions have been gazetted.
On 31 July, Amendment VC148 – reforms to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) was gazetted. The amendment implemented reforms to simplify and modernise Victoria’s planning policy and rules.
VC148 has introduced the biggest change to the VPP since its creation in the 1990s. It also introduced a new integrated Planning Policy Framework (PPF) with state and regional planning policies combined into a single policy source. This has created a policy framework that is consistent, succinct and easier to use.
Individual sections of all Victorian Planning Schemes and the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) have been updated and are now available on Planning Schemes Online.
A suite of helpful supporting documents have been created to help explain the amendment in more detail. In addition the Department has created the VC148 Clause Finder tool which helps users navigate the changes on a clause by clause basis. Both the supporting documents and the VC148 Clause Finder tool can be found on the Amendment VC148 page.
Park and Forest closures
Some parks and forests will close on days of severe/extreme weather or significant fire danger, so if you are planning on visiting for camping, walking and other recreational activities please make sure you check on conditions before you leave.
Due to efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, a number of beaches are closed.
Patrolling to protect the hoodies at Port Fairy
Conservation Regulator officers are patrolling a stretch of beach at Port Fairy, following numerous reports of dogs chasing hooded plovers in the area.