Translation groups

The Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) and Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) of each council planning scheme will be translated to the new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) in stages.

An initial group of planning schemes were selected to be part of a group of pilot councils to test and refine the proposed methodology for the subsequent rollout. Group 1 councils were selected following an assessment of the status of planning schemes across the state, which included considering the currency of LPPF content, any live amendments that may impact the translation and the timing of planning scheme reviews. Translations are in progress for these councils.

Group 1 consists of the following councils and their planning schemes:

  • Ballarat
  • Colac-Otway
  • Glenelg
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Moonee Valley
  • Murrindindi
  • Pyrenees
  • Swan Hill
  • Wangaratta
  • Whittlesea
  • Yarra

The translation process has begun with Group 2 councils, which consists of the following councils and their planning schemes:

  • Bayside
  • Melton
  • Maribyrnong
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • French Island and Sandstone Island
  • Golden Plains
  • Benalla
  • Greater Geelong
  • Corangamite
  • Surf Coast
  • Southern Grampians
  • Wodonga

Latrobe, Baw Baw and Wellington Shire Councils have also started the translation process.

DELWP will be in contact with all councils to discuss the appropriate timing for each planning scheme.

PPF translation launch

Before each group of councils commence the PPF translation process, the Smart Planning team will hold a PPF translation launch to provide insight into the structure and operation of the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and the PPF.

A PPF translation launch was held for Group 2 councils. Representatives from all 12 councils across metropolitan and rural areas of Victoria attended. Some council representatives participated in the session via video conference.

Council officers from Moonee Valley City Council and Glenelg Shire Council shared their learnings and practical experiences of the translation process. The feedback received from the launch reflected how valuable the session was for all present.

Council translation initiatives

While the Smart Planning team are encouraged by the eagerness of many councils to conduct the translation of their planning schemes as soon as possible, we do not encourage councils to undertake the translation themselves.

Mindful of the VPP principles, it is critical that the translation approach is uniform and repeatable. The VPP principles are set out in A Practitioner’s Guide to Victorian Planning Schemes (DOCX, 4.8 MB). The Smart Planning team developed the Planning Policy Framework and has the experience and capacity to expedite translations with councils.

We expect that major learnings from the initial translations will be applied to future translations. The method, including the standards being applied and the process of implementation, may change as a result of the initial trial. We would prefer to avoid any potential unproductive efforts on councils’ behalf.

There are ways that councils may prepare for their LPPF translation. These are set out in the summary document Modernising the LPPF.

Page last updated: 06/09/19