Overview

Background

The Victorian government has identified Victoria’s building and construction sector as a key mechanism to revitalise Victoria’s economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Minister for Planning and the Treasurer established the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce (BVRT) to investigate planning and investment opportunities to boost Victoria’s building and development industry over the short, medium and long term. The BVRT completed its work in October 2020 and the Minister for Planning has since established a twelve month Development Facilitation Program.

The government has committed to a fast-track assessment process for priority projects that will provide immediate benefits to Victoria’s economy, keeping Victorians in work and priority infrastructure on track for completion.

The purpose of the committee is to provide timely advice to the Minister for Planning on projects referred by the BVRT, projects affected by Covid-19 and or where the Minister for Planning has agreed to, or is considering, intervention to determine if these projects will deliver acceptable planning outcomes.

More Information

For more information about the BVRT please visit:
Building Victoria's Recovery Taskforce

For requests of referral to the Advisory Committee, please contact:

Alex Earnshaw, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

☎Phone: (03) 8508 1398

✉ Email: development.facilitation@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions regarding the Advisory Committee and Public Hearing Process, please contact:

Georgia Thomas, Planning Panels Victoria

☎Phone: (03) 8624 5717

✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Panel or Committee

The Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee was appointed in June 2020 to advise to the Minister for Planning on projects referred by the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce (BVRT), projects affected by Covid-19 and or where the Minister for Planning has agreed to, or is considering, intervention to determine if these projects will deliver acceptable planning outcomes.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (PDF, 132.7 KB) or Terms of Reference assessible version (DOCX, 57.7 KB)

Advisory committee members

  • Kathy Mitchell (Lead Chair)
  • Sarah Carlisle (Chair)
  • Tim Hellsten (Chair)
  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Con Tsotsoros (Chair)
  • Mandy Elliott (Deputy Chair)
  • Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair)
  • Trevor McCullough (Deputy Chair)
  • William O’Neil (Deputy Chair)
  • Sarah Auld
  • Elissa Bell
  • Steve Blackley
  • Debra Butcher
  • Geoffrey Carruthers
  • Sally Conway
  • Elke Cummins
  • Noelene Duff
  • Peter Edwards
  • Ian Hamm
  • Andrew Hutson
  • Elizabeth McIntosh
  • Lucinda Peterson

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (PDF, 177.6 KB) or (DOC, 130.5 KB) .

Documents

Advisory committee supporting documents


Current Referrals

Referral 16: Call in of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal proceeding P779/2021 - 215-219 Albion Street, Brunswick

Referral 17: Draft  Amendment C163 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme at 598-610 Main Street, Bairnsdale

Referral 18: Draft Amendment C313 to the Stonnington Planning Scheme at 196-206 High Street, Windsor

Referral 19: Call in of VCAT proceeding P855/2021 210-216 Burgundy Street and 81-83 Darebin Street, Heidelberg

Referral 20: Assemble Kensington  at 86-96 Stubbs Street, Kensington

Referral 21: Assemble Brunswick at 2-6 Ballarat Street and 14-18 Ovens Street, Brunswick


Completed Referrals

Referral 1: 46,48 and 50-58 Marlborough Street, Balaclava


Referral 2: 286 Harvest Home Road, Wollert (Aurora)


Referral 3: 295 – 357 Wellington Parade South, Melbourne (Treasury Square)

The gazetted documents can be found at the Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment page.


Referral 4: 375 Swansea Road, Lilydale


Referral 5: 10 Dawson Street, Brunswick


Referral 6: 14 South Circular Road and 15-17 Payne Street, Gladstone Park


Referral 7: VCAT Call in of proceeding P446/2020 - Lot 6 Murray Valley Highway, Echuca


Referral 8: Call in of VCAT proceeding P701/2020 - 17 Smith Street, Daylesford


Referral 9A and 9B: Call in of VCAT Proceedings P1278/2020 and P1751/2020 - 571 - 589 Melbourne Road, Spotswood


Referral 10: Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C107gelg - Blowholes Road, Cape Bridgewater

Draft Planning Scheme Amendment Documentation
Amended Draft Planning Scheme Amendment Documentation (provided 09/02/21)
Referral Authority Responses

Referral 11: Call in of VCAT proceeding P1151/2020 – 50 Elloura Drive and Vickers Road, Nagambie


Referral 12: Call in of VCAT proceeding  P1990/2019 - 1789-1811 and 1813-1839- Western Highway, Truganina


Referral 13: Call in of VCAT proceedings P1539/2020, P1631/2020, P1637/2020 and P1644/2010 - 7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick


Referral 14: Call in of VCAT proceeding P1792/2020 - 11 Malmsbury Street, Kew

Referral 15: Call in of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal proceeding P488/2021 - Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

Referrals received

Referral 1: 46, 48 and 50-58 Marlborough Street, Balaclava

On 15 July 2020, the Minister for Planning called in proceeding P48/2020 relating to the proposed development for the use of land for a six-storey building above a basement car park, comprising 46 dwellings for social housing at 46, 48 and 50-58 Marlborough Street, Balaclava from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. This referral was heard by way of Roundtable Discussion.

Committee members Ms Kathy Mitchell (Lead Chair) and Ms Debra Butcher considered this referral.

Referral 2: 286 Harvest Home Road, Wollert (Aurora)

On 14 August 2020, the Minister for Planning called in proceeding P803/2020 relating to the approval of a multi-lot subdivision (89 residential lots), construction of 89 affordable residential townhouses, creation of a reserve, removal of native vegetation and associated buildings and works at 286 Harvest Home Road, Wollert (Aurora) from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. This referral was considered by way of Roundtable Discussion.

Committee members Mr Lester Townsend (Chair) and Ms Mandy Elliot (Deputy Chair) considered this referral.

Referral 3: 295 – 357 Wellington Parade South, Melbourne (Treasury Square)

On 1 September the Minister for Planning referred a combined planning permit application for a two-lot subdivision and a planning scheme amendment (C370melb) for a site in Wellington Parade, East Melbourne known as Treasury Square to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. This referral was considered 'on the papers'.

Committee members Mr Tim Hellsten (Chair), Ms Debra Butcher and Mr Andrew Hutson considered this referral.

Referral 4: 375 Swansea Road, Lilydale

On 6 September the Minister for Planning called-in proceeding no. P950/2020 from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and referred the matter to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The matter involves whether a planning permit should be issued for a ‘Residential Village’, including a club room and associated car parking, at 375 Swansea Road, Lilydale. This referral was heard by way of Roundtable Discussion.

Committee members that considered this referral were Tim Hellsten (Chair) and Geoffrey Carruthers.

Referral 5: 10 Dawson Street, Brunswick

On 28 September the Minister for Planning referred this matter relating to the proposed development at 10 Dawson Street, Brunswick to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proposal is for a 9 storey mixed-use building (retail, office floorspace, 57 apartments), a rooftop garden and a reduction in the standard car parking requirement under the Moreland Planning Scheme. This referral was heard by way of Roundtable Discussion.

Committee members for this matter were Sarah Carlisle (Chair) and Sally Conway.

Referral 6: 14 South Circular Road and 15-17 Payne Street, Gladstone Park

On 18 November the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding P846/2020 relating to the proposed development for a five-storey residential aged care facility at 14 South Circular Road and 15-17 Payne Street, Gladstone Park and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. This referral was heard by way of Roundtable Discussion

Committee members that considered this referral were Lester Townsend (Chair) and Tim Hellsten.

Referral 7: Lot 6 Murray Valley Highway Echuca

On 20 December the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding P446/2020 relating to the proposed use and development on the land for a 24-hour service station including convenience restaurant and associated signage with the removal of native vegetation and creation of an access road at Lot 6, Murray Valley Highway, Echuca and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.

The Committee members considering this matter is Geoff Underwood (Chair) and Geoffrey Carruthers.

A Roundtable Discussion was held on Monday, 1 February 2021.

Referral 8: 17 Smith Street, Daylesford

On 30 December the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding

P701/2020 relating to the proposed subdivision of land at 17 Smith Street, Daylesford to accommodate a residential development that includes affordable housing in partnership with the Women’s Property Initiative and Older Women in Co-Housing (WINC) and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.

The Committee members that considered this matter was Rodger Eade (Chair), Noelene Duff and Peter Edwards.

Referral 9A and 9B: 571-589 Melbourne Road, Spotswood

On 28 December 2020, the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding P1278/2020 relating to the proposed construction of a four-storey building comprising 58 dwellings with basement parking and vegetation removal, and VCAT proceeding P1751/2020 relating to the proposed use and development of land for a 4-8 storey residential building comprising 87 dwellings and removal of trees at 571-589 Melbourne Road, Spotswood. These matters were referred to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee on 5 December 2021.

The Committee members that considered this referral were Sarah Carlisle (Chair), Sally Conway, Elizabeth Macintosh and Andrew Hutson.

Referral 10: Proposed Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C107GELG - Blowholes Road, Cape Bridgewater

On 20 December 2020, the Minister for Planning referred the proposed draft planning scheme amendment, all submissions and other supporting documents relating to the proposed residential hotel development at Blowholes Road, Cape Bridgewater in the Glenelg Shire Council to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.

The Committee members considering this matter are David Merrett (Chair) Mandy Elliot (Deputy Chair) and Phillipa Crone.

Directions Hearings

A  Directions Hearing for this referral was held by video conference on 8 February 2021.

A further Directions Hearing was held on 17 March 2021.

Hearing

The Hearing for referral 10 concluded on Friday, 11 June 2021.

Referral 11: 50 Elloura Drive and Vickers Road, Nagambie

On 7 February 2021, the Minister for Planning called in proceeding P1151/2020 from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proceeding relates to the proposed removal of native vegetation (51 large trees) to facilitate the development of a ‘lifestyle village/tourist park’ on part of land at 50 Elloura Drive and Vickers Road, Nagambie.

The Committee members that considered this matter were Mandy Elliot (Chair) and Debra Butcher.

Referral 11 was heard by way of Roundtable Discussion.

Referral 12: 1789-1811 and 1813-1839 Western Highway, Truganina

On 28 February 2021, the Minister for Planning called in proceeding P1990/2019 from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proceeding relates to the proposed use and development of land for a vehicle store at 1789-1811 and 1813-1839 Western Highway, Truganina.

A Roundtable Discussion was held on 15 April 2021 by video conference.

Referral 13: 7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick

On 14 March 2021, the Minister for Planning called in proceedings P1539/2020, P1637/2020, P1631/2020 and P1644/2020 from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and referred them to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proceeding relates to the proposed use and development of land for a Jewish Arts Quarter at 7 Selwyn Street, Elsternwick.

The Committee members that will consider this referral are Sarah Carlisle (Chair), Jonathan Halaliku (member) and Geoffrey Carruthers (member).

Roundtable Discussion

A roundtable discussion will commence on Wednesday 16 June and conclude on Tuesday through Microsoft Teams video conference.

If you would like to observe the roundtable discussion please contact planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Referral 14: 11 Malmsbury Street, Kew

On 6 April 2021 the Minister for Planning called in proceeding P1792/2020 from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and referred them to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proceeding relates to the proposed use and development of land at 11 Malmsbury Street, Kew  for the demolition of existing buildings to extend an existing education centre for autistic children and young adults to increase the number of students from 35 to 80 and staff from 28 to 72, along with a reduction in the bicycle facilities required.

Members that considered this matter are Geoff Underwood (Chair) and Debra Butcher.

Roundtable Discussion

A roundtable discussion was convened through video conference at  on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.

Referral 15: Call in of VCAT proceeding P488/202 - Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery

On 6 June 2021 the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding P488/2021 relating to the proposed demolition of the Aikenhead Building and partial demolition of the Daly Wing and Brennan Hall Buildings at the St Vincent’s Hospital complex and development of land for an 11-storey building known as the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.

The Committee considering this matter is Ms Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Mr Andrew Hutson (Member) and Mr Peter Edwards (Member).

The Committee conducted a Directions Hearing on 13 July 2021 at Planning Panels Victoria.

A Hearing will be convened from  Tuesday 10 August  to Friday 13 August 2021. The Hearing will be conducted by video conference. The Hearing timetable and video conference details can be accessed on the documents tab.

Referral 16: Call in of VCAT proceeding P779/2021 - 215-219 Albion Street, Brunswick

On 25 June 2021 the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding P779/2021 relating to a proposed development for a 9-storey at 215-219 Albion Street in Brunswick and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.

The Committee considering this matter is Mr Con Tsotsoros (Chair) and Mr Andrew Hutson (Member).

The Committee will hold a Directions Hearing on 23 August 2021 by video conference. If you would like to attend the Directions Hearing please view the notification letter under the documents tab.

A Roundtable Discussion will be convened on Monday, 20 September 2021. The video conference details for the Hearing will be published to the documents tab when available.

Referral 17: Draft Amendment C163 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme at 598-610 Main Street, Bairnsdale

On 15 August 2021 the Minister for Planning referred draft planning scheme amendment C136egip to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proposal seeks to use and develop land for a Kmart Department store at 598-610 Main Street in Bairnsdale. The Minister is seeking specific advice and recommendations about:

  • the appropriate drafting of draft Amendment C163egip if approval is recommended
  • the appropriateness of proposed restrictions on the use of and access arrangements to the balance of land at the rear of the proposed development, and
  • the reasonableness of developer contributions being sought by some submitters.
  • Committee members Kathy Mitchell (Lead Chair) and Rodger Eade will consider this referral.
  • A Directions Hearing was convened on Thursday, 9 September and a Hearing will be convened on 27, 28, 29, 30 September 2021 by video conference. To access the Hearing please view the directions and timetable on the documents tab.

Referral 18: Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C313 to the Stonnington Planning Scheme at 196 – 206 High Street, Windsor

The Minister for Planning referred the above matter to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee (the Committee) by letter on 15 August 2021. The draft amendment C313 to the Stonnington Planning Scheme proposes the use and development of land for a six-storey building with two basement levels comprising retail, office floorspace, a reduction in car parking and alteration of an access to a Road Zone Category 1. The Minister is considering this matter as a combined permit and amendment process under Part 4, Division 5 the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act).

Committee members Geoff Underwood (Chair) and Andrew Hutson (Member) will consider this referral.

A Directions Hearing was convened on 10 September and a Hearing will be convened on 19 and 20 October 2021 through video conference. To access the Hearing please view the Directions and Timetable on the documents tab.

Referral 19: Call in of VCAT proceeding P855/2021 at 210-216 Burgundy Street and 81-83 Darebin Street, Heidelberg

On 27 August 2021 the Minister for Planning called in VCAT proceeding P855/2021 and referred it to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proposal relates to the proposed use and development of land for the expansion of an existing hospital, construction of a medical centre, vegetation removal and a reduction in the required motorcycle parking and removal of an easement at 210-216 Burgundy Street and 81-83 Darebin Street, Heidelberg.

Committee members Lester Townsend (Chair) and Kate Partenio will consider this referral.

A Directions Hearing will be convened on Friday, 1 October 2021 by video conference. To observe proceedings please view the link in the notification letter under the documents tab.

Referral 20: Assemble Kensington at 86-96 Stubbs Street, Kensington

On 27 August 2021 the Minister for Planning referred the above matter to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.The proposal refers to the proposed use and development of land for an eight-storey building comprising dwellings, office, food and drink premises, and a reduction in car parking requirements at 86-96 Stubbs Street, Kensington. The Minister is considering this matter as a combined permit and amendment process under Part 4, Division 5 the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act).

Committee members David Merrett (Chair) and Debra Butcher will consider this referral.

A Directions Hearing will be held on  Friday, 17 September through video conference. To observe proceedings please view the link in the notification letter under the documents tab.

Referral 21: Assemble Brunswick at 2-6 Ballarat Street and 14-18 Ovens Street, Brunswick

On 5 September 2021 the Minister for Planning referred the above matter to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee. The proposed draft Amendment C216more to the Moreland Planning Scheme proposes demolition and use and development of the land for the construction of an eight-storey building (with basement) comprising dwellings and office, a reduction in car parking requirements and associated works at 2-6 Ballarat Street and 14-18 Ovens Street, Brunswick. The Minister is considering this matter as a combined permit and amendment process under Part 4, Division 5 the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act).

Committee members David Merrett (Chair) and Nicola Ward will consider this referral.

A Directions Hearing will be held on Tuesday, 21 September by video conference. To observe proceedings please view the link in the notification letter under the documents tab.