Background

The Amendment comprises a comprehensive revision of the planning scheme.

The key changes to the planning scheme that are proposed under this amendment include:

  • a rewritten Municipal Strategic Statement that provides clearer strategic direction and decision making guidance on a wide range of land use and development issues
  • the introduction of three new local planning policies: Major Retail Developments, Environmentally Sustainable Development, and Dwellings in Green Wedge Areas
  • the deletion of eight local planning policies which will become redundant as a result of new policy guidelines contained in the revised Municipal Strategic Statement and revised overlay schedules
  • a set of new Significant Landscape Overlays that contain design guidelines for new development in Green Wedge areas
  • a new Environmental Significance Overlay that identities the important biodiversity habitats in Yarra Ranges and provides targeted controls to protect these areas
  • the removal of redundant Significant Landscape Overlay and Environmental Significance Overlay schedules
  • a 5% public open space contribution requirement through the Schedule to Clause 52.01
  • the removal of redundant requirements from the Schedule to Clause 53 of the planning scheme.