Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy has announced a review
of the Victorian planning system with a view to improving its
transparency, simplicity and the certainty of its outcomes.
The review was announced on 15 June 2011 and an advisory
committee has been appointed pursuant to Part 7 of the Planning
and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) to review the operation of the
Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes.
The six committee members are individuals with expert knowledge
and experience of the statutory planning system and the VPPs. The
Geoff Underwood - Chair
The committee is to advise on ways of improving the planning
the legislative base
the structure of planning schemes, including the structure of
state and local policy provisions
regulations under the Planning and Environment Act.
The committee will undertake a three step process by calling for
submissions, analysing and prioritising the issues revealed by the
submissions, and preparing a Priorities and Recommendations Report,
which must be submitted to the Minister. A preliminary report must
be provided to the Minister by 30 November this year.
This is an important opportunity for all stakeholders in the
system to have input into its reform.
Submissions can be made by any person who wishes to make a
comment about improving the VPPs and planning schemes. The
Committee Terms of Reference provide that submittors should be
invited to identify their issues of concern and suggest options for
We will be hosting workshops and discussion sessions to identify
key issues and alternative approaches. Please let us know if you
are interested in being involved.
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