Overview

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting the Macedon Ranges region. This region is of state significance due to its strong environmental and cultural heritage values, its unique character, its production of some of the best food and wine in Victoria, and its attractive tourist destinations such as Hanging Rock and the Macedon Ranges.

New legislation and consultation on draft planning statement

The Victorian Government has amended the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to recognize and safeguard Victoria's distinctive areas and landscapes.

The Macedon Ranges region will be the first area recognized under the Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Act 2018

This legislative reform is a key action in the Victorian Government’s commitment to deliver protection for the Macedon Ranges, and the first step towards implementing the Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 commitment to strengthen planning protection for our distinctive landscapes and valued non-urban areas.

Working in Partnership

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working in partnership with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Victorian Planning Authority to implement the recommendations. The partnership is working closely with the Traditional Owner groups of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and the Wurundjeri peoples to recognise Aboriginal cultural heritage values.

Delivery timeline

2017 
14 February Macedon Ranges protection actions announced
Minister for Planning accepts all Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee recommendations
13 December Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Bill introduced to Parliament
15 December Public comment opens on the draft Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement
2018 
March Public submission period closes
June Passage of the Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Act 2018
August Consultation Findings Report available
AugustDeclaration of Macedon Ranges as a Distinctive Area and Landscape
September - OctoberDraft Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement transitioned to a Statement of Planning Policy

The Minister for Planning appointed an advisory committee in November 2015 to provide advice on policy and legislative changes to improve protection for the region. In February 2017, the Minister accepted all 12 of the committee’s recommendations, which include:

  • A new Localised Planning Statement that will strengthen the importance of the Macedon Ranges region in state planning policy. This will include a framework plan showing a clear settlement structure and long-term settlement boundaries for each township.
  • New legislation that provides protection for the Macedon Ranges and enshrines the significance of the region in Victorian law.
  • Updated local planning controls that implement the new Localised Planning Statement, including revised Vegetation Protection and Significant Landscape overlays, and other controls as required.

More information about the Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee