The Smart Planning program this week launched VicPlan – a new state-wide map viewer for accessing location-based zone and overlay information.

Launch VicPlan

VicPlan is replacing the 15,000 PDF maps that provide location-based zone and overlay information. The existing PDFs will remain available for historical reference.

Using VicPlan, you can easily locate any site in Victoria - via the search bar or map browsing - and see the applicable zone and overlays, with direct links to the relevant planning scheme information. It also generates interactive property planning reports with zone and overlay links and localised maps.

The new map viewer provides more reliable and accurate information, with data updated weekly across the state. Previously, it could take more than 12 months to compare and align each of the individual 82 planning scheme’s data to properties one at a time.

VicPlan is particularly helpful for home- and business-owners, or those looking to buy a property, who want to know what uses are allowed at a location.

Being mobile- and tablet-friendly means you can now easily access planning scheme information away while looking at a property.

It is also handy for government and private planning professionals who want quick access to property information for reports or advice.

VicPlan is complemented by Planning Maps Online, a more detailed planning spatial data viewer, with advanced tools for tasks more commonly undertaken by planning or mapping professionals. Both resources, as well as Planning Scheme Histories, are available on the Planning Schemes Online website.

VicPlan is part of Smart Planning’s work to reform the Victorian planning system into the most efficient and responsive in Australia.

This is the first in a series of technical Smart Planning deliveries between now and the end of the year, with PSIMS and planning portal releases coming, as well as further enhancements to VicPlan.