Overview

Background

The Yarra Activity Centres Standing Advisory Committee (the Committee) was appointed on 9 August 2021 to advise the Minister for Planning (the Minister) and Yarra City Council (Council) on referred planning matters and associated draft Yarra Planning Scheme provisions for activity centres and other areas of urban change.

Panel or Committee

Standing Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed the following members to the Committee:

  • Con Tsotsoros (Chair)
  • Lisa Kendal (Deputy Chair)
  • Sarah Raso (Deputy Chair)
  • John Roney (Deputy Chair)
  • Peter Boyle
  • Sally Conway
  • Peter Edwards
  • Elizabeth McIntosh
  • Kate Partenio
  • Lucinda Peterson

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (PDF, 127.7 KB) or (DOC, 99.0 KB)

Terms of Reference

The Minister for Planning issued the Committee with Terms of Reference on 10 June 2021 to guide its work.

Terms of reference (PDF, 214.5 KB) or (DOCX, 68.3 KB)

Process

Stage 1 – Notice and submissions

Yarra City Council will prepare a draft planning scheme amendment at the direction of the Minister for Planning. Yarra City Council will then give public notice and collect submissions on the draft amendment. The public notice documentation will include dates for:

  • A Directions Hearing
  • The Public Hearing

Stage 2 – Referral

Once exhibition of the draft amendment has concluded and submissions have been received, Council will prepare a response to submissions and request the Minister refer the draft amendment, submissions received, and its response to submissions to the Committee.

If the Minister resolves to refer the matter to the Committee, a letter will be issued seeking its advice. The letter of referral will be a public document and will be published on this webpage.

Stage 3 – Hearings and consideration of planning scheme amendments

Following referral from the Minister, including receipt of submissions and Council’s response to submissions, the Committee may undertake any of the following:

  • a Directions Hearing
  • a public Hearing and provide an opportunity for submitters to be heard
  • forums, meetings, or workshops with one or more submitters or any other party
  • a review of submissions based ‘on the papers’.

The Committee will conduct a public Hearing to provide an opportunity for submitters to be heard if it is requested by any submitter.

Stage 4 – Report

The Committee will prepare a report for the Minister for all matters referred to it within 40 business days from the final day of any proceeding, tabling of submissions or consultation process.

More Information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

Chris Brennan
Planning Panels Victoria
☎ Phone: (03) 8624 5715
✉ Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Documents

Advisory committee supporting documents

Terms of Reference (PDF, 214.5 KB) or Terms of Reference accessible version (DOCX, 68.3 KB)

Member Biographies (PDF, 127.7 KB) or Member Biographies accessible version (DOC, 99.0 KB)

Referrals received

As directed by the Minister for Planning, Yarra City Council will prepare and give notice of a draft planning scheme amendment and receive submissions. The Yarra City Council will consider all submissions and where possible seek to resolve issues with submitters prior to requesting matters be referred to the Committee.

The Committee have released an Overarching Report which should be read in conjunction with the separate reports for specific activity centres and precincts in response to referrals from the Minister for Planning.

Current matters

Draft Amendment C291yara – Bridge Road Activity Centre and Victoria Street Activity Centre

On 6 February 2022 the Minister for Planning referred the above matter to the Yarra Activity Centres Standing Advisory Committee. The proposed draft Amendment C291yara to the Yarra Planning Scheme seeks to implement permanent built form controls along the Bridge Road and Victoria Street Activity Centres.

Committee Members Con Tsotsoros (Chair), Sarah Raso and Sally Conway considered this referral.

In accordance with the Terms of Reference, the Committee has submitted its report to the Minister for Planning and Yarra City Council.

Draft Amendment C293yara – Collingwood South Mixed Use Precinct

On 6 February 2022 the Minister for Planning referred the above matter to the Yarra Activity Centres Standing Advisory Committee. The proposed draft Amendment C293yara to the Yarra Planning Scheme seeks to implement permanent built form controls to the Collingwood South Mixed Use Precinct.

Committee Members John Roney (Chair) and Peter Boyle considered this referral.

In accordance with the Terms of Reference, the Committee has submitted its report to the Minister for Planning and Yarra City Council.