The new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) was introduced into the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all Victorian planning schemes through the gazettal of amendment VC148 on 31 July 2018.
The PPF improves the operation of planning policy in Victoria and better aligns state and local policy. It is based on a three-tier structure that integrates state, regional and local policy.
The Smart Planning team will work with councils to translate the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) content in their planning schemes into the new integrated PPF and Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS). Although the translation exercise will require a review of LPPF content, key local issues and strategic directions from the LPPF will be retained.
Council planning schemes will be translated in stages, with all planning schemes expected to be translated by mid-2021. DELWP will be in contact with each council prior to their scheduled translation to set up an inception meeting.
The majority of PPF translations are expected to be implemented through planning scheme amendments using a fast-track process under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. These translations will be policy neutral. Where the translation is not policy neutral or introduces significant new local policy content, such as amendments resulting from a planning scheme review, a standard planning scheme amendment process will be used.
Page last updated: 03/03/20