The Planning Scheme is the legal framework that guides decisions on how all land in the City of Whittlesea is used and developed.
It outlines state and local planning policies - in particular, the local planning policy framework provides the basis for how we will decide which uses and activities are appropriate, and what restrictions, controls or standards may apply to developments.
We are required to review the Whittlesea Planning Scheme every 4 years.
All Planning Scheme review findings and recommendations are reported to the Council and, subsequently, to the Minister for Planning.
Purpose and benefits of Planning Scheme reviews
We review the Planning Scheme at the same time as we prepare our Council Plan.
This ensures the review reflects the community's vision, by recommending improvements to address the land use and development planning issues that have been identified by our community.
Planning Scheme reviews are useful for identifying where we need to improve local planning policies and controls. Local planning policies are still required to be consistent with State planning policy.
The review findings may recommend specific changes that should be made to correct information that has been superseded by changes legislation, or controls that have become redundant as a result of new development.
These changes may be made through procedural Planning Scheme amendments once the review findings have been endorsed by Council.
All such changes are exhibited for public comments as part of the standard Planning Scheme amendment process.
Amendment C197 - Update to the Municipal Strategic Statement
We are currently preparing an amendment to the Whittlesea Planning Scheme to implement Action 3 from the Planning Scheme Review Report - April 2013.
The amendment introduces new content into the Municipal Strategic Statement to align the Local Planning Policy Framework of the Whittlesea Planning Scheme, with existing adopted Council and State planning policies and strategies.
For any further enquiries, contact our Strategic Planning and Design team on 9217 2241.
2013 Planning Scheme review
We last reviewed the Whittlesea Planning Scheme in 2013. The findings and recommendations are outlined in the:
Council endorsed this report at its meeting on 7 May 2013 and reported to the Minister for Planning on 24 May 2013.
The 2013 Planning Scheme Review specifically focused on ways to improve the Local Planning Policy Framework, which is the basis for how we apply the local planning controls, including zones and overlays.
We will undertake projects over the next 4 years to address the recommendations of the 2013 Planning Scheme review, which may include more research or studies to support future Planning Scheme amendments.