Land Use Victoria has recently released Customer Information Bulletin 186 with the following topics:-
Bulk conversion of paper Certificates of Title to electronic Certificates of Title
National electronic conveyancing - Model Participation Rules Guidance Notes
A conveyancer’s and lawyer’s obligation to know who their client is
Release of the first residual document
Joint Lodgments after October 2018
You can access further information at the following link:- Customer Information Bulletin 186
Recent Planning Scheme Amendments
Casey Planning Scheme Amendment C261 approved on 18 April 2019.
This amendment has been prepared by the Minister for Planning at the request of the Victorian Planning Authority and applies to land within the boundary of the Cardinia Creek South Precinct Structure Plan. The amendment gives effect to the Cardinia Creek South Infrastructure Contributions Plan, March 2019 and makes associated changes to the Casey Planning Scheme.
The amendment is required to collect funds and contribute towards the provision of infrastructure, land and community facilities identified in the Cardinia Creek South Precinct Structure Plan.
Moonee Valley Planning Scheme Amendment C193. The amendment was on exhibition from 28 March until 3 May 2019.
This amendment proposes to implement the findings of Council’s planning scheme review and the long-term strategy, entitled Moonee Valley 2040 Strategy 2018. The amendment will enable the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme to be one of the first in Victoria to adopt the format envisaged via the Smart Planning reforms, which aim to cut out repetition between the State and Local Planning Policy Framework through streamlining policy content at a state, regional and Local Council level; producing a Municipal Planning Statement and translating local policies to relevant schedules.
Each neighbourhood is provided with a detailed implementation plan. Economic activity and employment plans indicate where existing and future economic growth will occur and the public transport and roads plan details future public transport routes (including the Airport Rail Link options).
Local sub-clauses are introduced to various clauses within the Planning Policy Framework
MV2040 appears to knit together a wide range of strategic objectives and provides a consolidated document to support Council’s future action plans. If you have a current application proposed in Moonee Valley it is worth taking a detailed look at this amendment to see how it may affect your clients interests. For further details https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/browse-amendments#Amendments--C193moon.
The Amendment Tracking System (ATS) Authoring Rollout
Amendment GC125 makes administrative, format and technical changes to the Bayside, Brimbank, Darebin, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Maroondah, Monash, Mornington Peninsula and Whitehorse planning schemes to support the publishing of these planning schemes from the Amendment Tracking System (ATS).
PLANNING PANELS VICTORIA (PPV) REVISED GUIDE TO EXPERT EVIDENCE
PPV has undertaken a substantial revision of the Expert Witness Guide which can now be found at https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/panels-and-committees/planning-panel-guides. Major changes include a 'plain English' review to minimise jargon; greater clarification between witnesses who have undertaken the background work and a witness who comes 'fresh' to a matter; an emphasis on electronic distribution of evidence; and recognition of other witnesses such as Government and Council staff and 'lay' witnesses. The new guidelines are in effect immediately. Any feedback should be provided to PPV.
BUSHFIRE PLANNING WORKSHOPS TO BE DELIVERED BY DELWP
DELWP is holding professional development sessions across Victoria for planners, environmental planners and bushfire consultants on bushfire planning, including the need to prioritise bushfire over all other policy considerations. Kevin Hazell of Bushfire Planning is delivering the training for DELWP. Registrations are essential. To register and to find out more information, visit https://www.bushfireplanning.com.au/delwp. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with queries.