Localised planning statements


Four localised planning statements are being prepared for the key areas of the Bellarine Peninsula, the Macedon Ranges, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley. 

Map showing Localised Planning Statement areas

These areas all have significant geographic and physical features which contribute to the quality of life of Melburnians and Victorians. They play significant roles as recreation and tourist destinations and have strong economic bases driven by tourism and agribusiness.

Because of their attractiveness, accessibility and proximity to metropolitan Melbourne these areas are increasingly coming under pressure for growth and change. These pressures could potentially undermine the long-term natural or non-urban uses of land in these areas and need to be carefully managed.

Councils involved in preparing the statements are:

Borough of Queenscliffe
City of Greater Geelong
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Approved Localised Planning Statements

The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment VC128 to introduce the Bellarine Peninsula Localised Planning Statement as a policy guideline in the State Planning Policy Framework.

The Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement was the first of four statements to be finalised by the State Government and introduced.

Ministerial Direction No. 17 ensures that planning scheme amendments affecting these areas have regard to the relevant adopted localised planning statement for the area.

About localised planning statements

Localised planning statements are long-term policies being developed for particular areas identified as having significance to the broader Victorian community. They will set out broad policies for the future planning and development of an area.

Each localised planning statement will include an overview and outline of valued characteristics of the area as well as objectives and strategies to protect and enhance the area into the future. They will provide a basis for state level policies, objectives and strategies in the planning system that ensure important and valued attributes are appropriately planned for.

Statements of planning policy

Nine statements of planning policy were introduced across Victoria during the 1970s to safeguard the economic, social, environmental and landscape values of key non-urban areas. Some of these are still in place in planning schemes, either at state or local policy level, but in other instances, they are no longer used.

The development of localised planning statements for the Bellarine Peninsula, the Macedon Ranges, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley provides an opportunity to build on and modernise the old statements where relevant, and better reflect the current day values of the areas.

Local council policies and controls

Local council policies will continue to apply along with the localised planning statements and any new state policy. In some instances local policies may require updating to reflect the localised planning statement. In other cases they may no longer be needed if councils believe the localised planning statement and supporting state policies provide the appropriate level of guidance. It will be up to each council to determine if changes to local policies are required.

The type of land use, development and subdivision permitted will continue to be guided by the planning zones and overlays that apply to the land. In instances where a planning permit is required, the localised planning statement may provide stronger policy intent for the area and guide how council should make a decision on the application.

Other work being undertaken

Plan Melbourne and regional growth plans have been developed to provide long-term plans for the state and inform an over-arching vision for Victoria. These plans acknowledge the localised planning statements currently under preparation. Localised planning statements will supplement the more general state and regional level strategies and policies contained in Plan Melbourne and regional growth plans.

Page last reviewed on 8 October 2015

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