SSSI VIC Industry News - April 2019

March 31, 2019

Please find below information on the industry news as at April 2019.





Land Use Victoria
The latest Customer Information Bulletin No.185 covers the following topics:-
  • Operating requirements and participation rules for electronic conveyancing
  • SPEAR electronic lodgment network participation rules
  • Registrar’s requirements for paper conveyancing transactions
  • Release of the first residual document
  • Removal of a Registrar’s Caveat lodged on behalf of a represented person
  • Trusts in the Register
For further details, Click here.


Planning REFORMS


VCAT Major Cases List Review

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has committed to a review of the VCAT Major Cases List with a focus on reducing time to a hearing date. The Major Cases List was introduced in May 2010 to speed up the decision-making of major projects.  Since this time, the wait time for a Major Cases List hearing date has blown out to up to 6 months, being only marginally quicker than a Standard Case.

Red Tape Commissioner to review Planning and Building Approvals System

Following campaigning by the UDIA’s Victorian Chapter, it has been confirmed that the Red Tape Commissioner will undertake a wholesale review of the planning and building approvals system to look at opportunities to streamline these two systems, reducing the cost of delays and minimising risk.



PLanning permit activity annual report 2017-18

The Planning Permit Activity Report for the 2017-18 financial year is now available at this link Planning Activity Report.




A new search function for accessing a summary of planning information about a property or land parcel is now available on the Planning website. Use the Planning Report Search to view a summary planning report or generate a PDF Planning Property Report.

The following planning scheme amendments may be of interest.

Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme - Amendment C216 – Approved 21 March, 2019.

Applies the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO) to land identified by Melbourne Water as vulnerable due to hazards associated with coastal erosion, flooding, sea level rise and storm surge around Western Port. The amendment also introduces:-

  • A revised list of permit exemptions into the schedule to the LSIO for all land within Rural Zones, Urban Areas and Public Land Zones;

  • Amends the clause 21.08 Foreshore and Coastal Areas to identify coastal areas at risk of natural process impacts;

  • Amends clause 21.12 Reference Documents by listing the Planning for Sea Level Rise Guidelines Port Phillip and Westernport Region (Melbourne Water February 2017) as a reference document to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

PROPOSED schemes

Frankston Planning Scheme - Amendment C127 - Submissions close 15th April, 2019

Proposes to introduce public open space contribution rates to all non-exempt subdivisions. By specifying the following public open space contribution rates:

  • 8% for all land within the Frankston Metropolitan Activity Centre as defined in the Frankston Metropolitan Activity Centre Structure Plan;

  • 5% for land outside the Frankston Metropolitan Activity Centre which includes any lots having an area of 1,000 square metres or less;

  • 2% for land outside the Frankston Metropolitan Activity Centre where all lots have an area of 1,001 square metres or greater.

In accordance with clause 4(2) of Ministerial Direction No.15 the following panel hearing dates have been set for this Amendment: 

  • directions hearing: week of 17 June 2019
  • panel hearing: week of 8 July 2019
Stonnington Planning Scheme - Amendment C221 - Planning Panel Report 4th February, 2019 

Proposes to update the application of the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO) and the Special Building Overlay (SBO) with updated maps to reflect updated flood modelling data as identified by Council and Melbourne Water to:-.

  • Replace the Schedule to Clause 44.05 (SBO) with two new schedules that distinguish between areas subject to inundation in relation to the ‘main’ drainage system (Melbourne Water drains) and the ‘local’ drainage system (Council drains).

SBO1 and SBO2 are proposed to be applied as follows:

  • SBO1 - to the Melbourne Water ‘main’ drainage system, with Melbourne Water nominated as the determining referral authority.

  • SBO2 - to the ‘local’ drainage system, with Council nominated as the responsible authority.


The Amendment Tracking System (ATS) Authoring Roll out

Planning schemes are being migrated into the ATS authoring digital database via a monthly migration of approximately 10 planning schemes. This started in October 2018 and is proposed to run until mid-2019. These new format planning schemes are implemented through a planning scheme amendment. During this period there can be no gazettal on an amendment to a scheme. Other amendment activities such as authorisation, exhibition, and panels can continue.

After the migration process planning schemes  will also be made available as webpage content on the website.

There have been some adjustments and the following changes have been made:

  • Knox, Maroondah, Monash and Whitehorse planning schemes will be migrated in April 2019
  • Cardinia, Casey, Melton and Yarra planning schemes will be migrated in May 2019
  • Hume and Mitchell planning scheme will be migrated in June 2019.





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