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
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
SEARCH FOR A PLANNING 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.
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:
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:-.
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 planning.vic.gov.au 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.