On 31 July 2018, a state-wide amendment to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes introduced the new Planning Policy Framework (PPF). The PPF is designed to improve the operation of policy and better align state and local policy. It is based on a three-tier structure that integrates state, regional and local policy. While state and regional policy was introduced in July, local policy remains to be integrated. That is the focus of the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) translation project.
The project, led by the Smart Planning team in DELWP, will translate each council’s Municipal Strategic Statement (Clause 21) and Local Planning Policies (Clause 22) into the new PPF. Although the translation exercise will require a review of LPPF content, key local issues and strategic directions from an LPPF will be maintained.
The majority of PPF translations are expected to occur as planning scheme amendments using a fast track process under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. These will be policy neutral translations. Where the translation is not policy neutral or introduces significant new content (such as, amendments resulting from a planning scheme review) a standard planning scheme amendment process will be used, involving exhibition and review by a planning panel (should submissions be received).
Planning schemes are being translated in groups, with completion expected by the end of 2020. More information on this process is available on our PPF Translation Approach pages.