Wind energy amendments
Amendment VC149 (gazetted 4 October 2018) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to mandate statutory environmental audits of noise assessments at both the pre and post-construction stages of a wind energy facility development, in accordance with the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority.
Amendment VC141 (gazetted 21 November 2017) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions, and all planning schemes to:
- improve the application process to make changes to approved wind energy facilities
- clarify that the location of a wind turbine is measured from the centre of the tower at ground level
- make minor corrections to Clause 52.32
- update the reference to the guidelines.
Amendment VC130 (gazetted on 4 July 2016) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes by amending Clause 52.32 Wind Energy Facility to delete Clause 52.32-8.
Amendment VC126 (gazetted on 28 January 2016):
- reduces the time required to decide an application to make changes to approved wind energy facilities
- aligns the processes and time required to amend permits issued for wind energy facilities, and clarifies that the location of a wind turbine is measured from the centre of its tower at ground level
- makes minor corrections to Clause 52.32
- updates the reference to the guidelines and deletes reference to the outdated Renewable Energy Action Plan 2006.
Amendment VC107 (gazetted on 26 November 2015) removes reference to the transmission or distribution systems of power lines from the 'Wind energy facility' definition. It also clarifies that the Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for the transmission or distribution of power lines associated with a wind energy facility if they require a planning permit under the planning scheme.
Amendment VC125 (gazetted on 11 June 2015) changes the definition of 'Wind energy facility' in the Victoria Planning Provisions, and all planning schemes in Victoria, so that it includes the use of land to transmit or distribute the electricity generated, specifically to connect the wind energy facility to the electricity network.
Amendment VC124 (gazetted on 2 April 2015) changes the Victoria Planning Provisions, and all planning schemes in Victoria, to implement the government's policy on wind energy facilities.
The amendment reduces the allowable distance between a turbine and a dwelling from two kilometres to one kilometre with the landowner's consent, and makes the Minister for Planning the responsible authority for all new wind farm planning permit applications for the use and development of a wind energy facility.
Advisory Note 61 provides information about the changes made by Amendment VC124:
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