SSSI VIC Industry News – February 2020

January 31, 2020





DELWP has released new guidance about using and applying Victoria’s suite of residential zones.

The two new planning practice notes PPN90 and PPN91 cover important topics including how to plan for housing and how to make best use of the Victoria Planning Provisions to balance housing growth with the protection of neighbourhood character.

The new planning practice notes follow a series of workshops about residential development, which included extensive consultation with councils, industry partners and other stakeholders.


From early 2020, the Victoria Planning Provisions and all online planning schemes (including ordinance, maps, histories, amendments and incorporated documents) will be accessible only via Planning Schemes found on the Victorian Planning Portal. The Department’s earlier version of Planning Schemes Online will then be closed. Please update any links or bookmarks you may have to the old site, in readiness for its closure.


New search, sort and filtering features are now available on the Planning Portal, This update makes it easier to find planning scheme amendments. Options to select multiple filters and sort list columns are also available. Read more about this update.


DELWP has released the Draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan for comment and feedback. The plan builds on policies, strategies and actions in Plan Melbourne and its associated Implementation Plan. It provides an overview of current and future needs for industrial and commercial land across metropolitan Melbourne and seeks to put in place a planning framework to support state and local government to plan more effectively for future employment and industry needs. You are invited to read the draft plan and make a submission by 31 December 2019 at the Engage Victoria webpage:

Land Use Victoria

 Land Use Victoria has recently released two customer information bulletins:

Customer Information Bulletin 196
  • Reminder: Elimination of cheques as a payment method
  • Participation Rules and Operating Requirements for electronic conveyancing transactions
  • Statutory Declarations from 1 January 2020
  • Reminders and directions to Representatives signing Registry Instruments on behalf of their clients
Customer Information Bulletin 195
  • Support for bushfire-affected communities: tax and fee relief

Land Registration Services (LRS) Industry Liaison Meetings

A liaison meeting with Land Registry Services was recently held in the last week of January.

Some items for discussion and action included:-

  • Looking at a process for survey based applications which did not proceed to lodgement at the Land Registry to be lodged as RE’s with the Office of Surveyor General so as not to lose the value of the underlying survey information. A checklist is currently being prepared.
  • Move to a one size fits all process to amend title.
  • LRS do not recommend that Boundary Plans be used to take up excess land, formal amendment through Section 103 should be encouraged. New priority to be applied to Section 103 Applications if followed by a subdivision
  • Section 26Y examples are being prepared to assist industry

Liaison meetings are held nominally quarterly and members who have any matters relating to dealings with LRS that they wish to raise are encouraged to contact Su Ling at  

For inclusion at future meetings.

Deprecation of the United States (U.S.) Survey Foot


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are taking collaborative action to provide national uniformity in the measurement of length.  A notice released by NIST announced the decision to deprecate the use of the “U.S. survey foot” on December 31, 2022.  After that date, the “U.S. survey foot” will be superseded by the “foot” (formerly known as the “international foot”), which is already in use throughout the U.S.

This action is designed to establish national uniformity in length measurements based on the foot.  For more than sixty years, two nearly identical definitions of the foot have been in use in the U.S. for geodetic and land surveys.

In 1959 a notice specifically stated that the U.S. Survey Foot should be used “until such a time as it becomes desirable and expedient to readjust the basic geodetic survey networks in the United States, after which the ratio of a yard, equal to 0.9144 meter, shall apply.” Although the use of the U.S. Survey Foot was intended to be an interim measure, its use continues to be prevalent in land surveying and mapping in much of the U.S.

The only practical solution is to deprecate the U.S. Survey Foot” and to require that its use in surveying, mapping, and engineering be discontinued.  Allowing the continued use of two definitions of the foot undercuts the value and benefit of national uniformity and allows for additional opportunities for confusion and unnecessary costs to the users, the States, and professionals in the surveying, mapping, and engineering fields.  No compelling justification to maintain two definitions for the foot exists.

Reprinted from POB 18-12-2019


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