Pioneering new planning legislation to protect Victoria’s most iconic, cultural and historic areas has been introduced into the Victorian Parliament.

This is the first step in implementing the Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 commitment to strengthen planning protection for Victoria’s distinctive landscapes and valued non-urban areas.

Once passed, the Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Bill will provide state level protection against inappropriate development in declared distinctive areas and landscapes.

The Macedon Ranges region, which boasts some of Victoria’s most picturesque settings, stunning wildlife and a renowned food and wine sector, is the first area to receive protection under the Bill.

The government has prepared a draft localised planning statement in partnership with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, the Victorian Planning Authority, and the Traditional Owners of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri peoples.

The draft statement outlines a balanced approach for ensuring that future development does not detract from the state significant values that make the Macedon Ranges special. The government is now seeking feedback from the public on the draft statement, to ensure the policy reflects the community’s vision for the future of the region.

Learn about the actions that the Victorian Government is taking to protect the Macedon Ranges region