What is the Victorian Government FTGL Service?
The FTGL Service fix zoning anomalies relating to surplus government land, in order to help deliver planning certainty and facilitate its timely and efficient sale.
Why are sites identified as surplus?
When a government site is no longer required for community use due to relocation or closure of facilities, it is offered to all other government authorities, including local government. They then have an opportunity to purchase the land for their requirements.
If no other government authorities want to purchase the site, it becomes surplus to government needs and must be sold.
Why does surplus land need to rezoned?
Often government land is zoned Public Use Zone (PUZ), which reflects the public purpose for the site.
As sites zoned for public use can only be sold to other governments, they need to be appropriately rezoned before they can be sold to the private market.
Ensuring that appropriate planning provisions apply to government land is critical to ensure compliance with government policies, maximise planning certainty and capture the value of surplus sites identified for sale.
What is meant by three streams of assessment?
When a request is received, the FTGL Service completes a Preliminary Assessment Report on the site to determine the most appropriate planning stream. The three streams are explained below:
- Planning Stream A: Requires a planning scheme amendment approved under S20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Appropriate where the outcome for the site is generally consistent with the use surrounding the site and the future planning provisions (zones/overlays) are likely to be the same as the surrounding planning provisions.
- Planning Stream B: Requires a planning scheme amendment/permit to be considered by the Standing Advisory Committee. Appropriate where the outcome for the site is likely to capture a strategic opportunity for enhanced development opportunities, and future planning provisions complement the surrounding area but are not necessarily the same as that surrounding the site.
- Planning Stream C: Requires a standard planning scheme amendment process with either local council or Minister for Planning as the planning authority.
How are stakeholders consulted?
For streams B and C (Standing Advisory Committee pathway or traditional planning scheme amendment process), all interested parties are able to provide feedback and ask questions during an exhibition period.
During this time, there is an opportunity to view the proposal, seek further information, ask questions and make submissions.
What is the timeline for amendment approval?
The amendment process takes approximately six months from when the site is committed allocated to being considered for rezoning.
How are surrounding landholders affected?
The effect of this process on surrounding landholders is similar to the sale of any other land in their neighbourhood.
Once the site is purchased, the owner has the opportunity to apply for a planning permit to develop the land in accordance with the requirements of the planning scheme.
This is a transparent process that ensures that government authorities have the opportunity to sell land that they no longer need in a fair way. Ensuring that the land is zoned appropriately also allows development outcomes that are consistent with the strategic directions of local/state policies.
What happens when the site is rezoned?
When the site is rezoned, the relevant planning controls change to enable the site to be sold.
The purchaser of the land can apply for a planning permit to develop the land in accordance with the requirements of the planning scheme.
Contact the FTGL Service
If you have any further questions, please contact us on (03) 8683 0901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FTGL Service is located at 8 Nicholson Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.