The Victorian government has developed the Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes.
The guidelines provide a clear and consistent pathway for golf course redevelopment and outline how proposals should provide new public parks, protect biodiversity and the environment, and contribute to other social and community outcomes.
The guidelines set out clear expectations for all stakeholders, including the community, about how golf course land should be redeveloped.
View the Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes (PDF, 4.0 MB).
These guidelines have been prepared with the benefit of independent planning advice provided by the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee. In August 2019, the Minister for Planning established the committee to provide advice on proposals to rezone or redevelop golf course land.
The terms of reference outlined the functions of the committee to operate in two parts:
- The committee was required to review and provide advice to the Minister on draft planning guidelines for golf course redevelopment. The committee exhibited the draft planning guidelines in September 2019 and received 63 submissions from a range of peak bodies, community members, local councils and golf industry representatives.
- A further three public workshops were held with submitters to explore issues raised in October 2019.
- The committee provided its advice to the Minister for Planning in late November 2019 in the form of a report. The report contains a series of recommendations on the purpose and scope of the guidelines, the recommended form and structure of the guidelines, and its advice on how the guidelines should be operationalised in the planning system.
- The committee will advise whether proposals for rezoning and redevelopment of golf course land referred to it by the Minister for Planning (or delegate) satisfy the finalised guidelines and are consistent with state and local policy.
For further information visit the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee
The Ministerial Direction 21 (PDF, 11.1 KB) was introduced on 25 June 2020 and directs planning authorities preparing an amendment to a planning scheme to enable the redevelopment of a golf course (including, but not limited to, changing planning controls applying to the land or the zoning of the land) to:
- have regard to the guidelines; and
- include in the explanatory report for the amendment an explanation of how the amendment addresses the guidelines.
Golf course redevelopment standing advisory committee
The Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee (GCRSAC) was established by the Minister for Planning under section 151 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act) to provide advice on proposals for the redevelopment of golf courses.
The Minister may refer the following matters to the GCRSAC for advice:
- An application for the redevelopment of a golf course that the Minister has called in under section 97B, or has been referred under section 97C, of the Act
- A request to prepare an amendment to a planning scheme to enable the redevelopment of a golf course.
- An application or request for authorisation under sections 8A or 9 of the Act to prepare an amendment to enable the redevelopment of a golf course.
- A proceeding related to an application for the redevelopment of golf course land that the Minister has called-in under clause 59 of Schedule 1 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 1998.
Find out more about the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee
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Page last updated: 14/10/22