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Amendments to the planning scheme

Amendments to the planning scheme

The Whittlesea Planning Scheme sets out the rules for how land is used, can be developed (or built on) and can be protected within the City of Whittlesea.

The Whittlesea Planning Scheme sets out the rules for how land is used, can be developed (or built on) and can be protected within the City of Whittlesea.

The planning scheme - a State Government document that we administer - determines if a planning permit is required to change the use of land, to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

Anyone can propose an amendment to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme but the process is complex and can be costly.

The Minister for Planning and Council occasionally propose changes to the Planning Scheme to either reflect new circumstances or improve it.

An amendment could involve changes to:

  • the planning scheme map – such as a change to the zone of the land, or the introduction or removal of an overlay control
  • the scheme ordinance
  • a written part of the scheme

Current and past scheme amendments

How to initiate an amendment

If you would like to initiate a planning scheme amendment, you must demonstrate why an amendment should be prepared. We need to be certain that the amendment has planning merit and is consistent with the future strategic directions for our municipality.

Find out more about how to initiate an amendment.

Fees

The following table lists the fees for planning scheme amendment applications.

Stage Fee
Pre-application concept plans (written response)  $145

Stage 1

  • Considering a request to amend a planning scheme; and Taking action required by Division 1 of Part 3 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987; and
  • Considering any submissions which do not seek a change to the amendment; and
  • If applicable, abandoning the amendments in accordance with section 28.
$798

Stage 2

  • Considering submissions which seek a change to an amendment, and where necessary referring the submissions to a panel; and
  • Providing assistance to a panel in accordance with section 158; and
  • Making a submission in accordance with section 24(b); and
  • Considering the report in accordance with section 27; and
  • After considering submissions and the report in accordance with section 27, if applicable, abandoning the amendment in accordance with section 28. 
$798 

Stage 3

  • Adopting an amendment or a part of an amendment in accordance with section 29; and
  • Submitting the amendment for approval in accordance with section 31.
$524 

Stage 4

  • Considering a request to approve an amendment in accordance with section 35; and
  • Giving notice of approval of an amendment in accordance with section 36. 
$798

Further information

Find out more about planning schemes on the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure website.