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Planning Scheme Rewrite - Amendment C150

Amendment C150 to the Knox Planning Scheme has been prepared. The Amendment proposes to restructure and update the local section of the Knox Planning Scheme, including: a new Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS); new and updated local policies; updates to some zone and overlay schedules; updates to some particular provisions; and some map changes.

The Amendment is a result of the recommendations of the Knox Planning Scheme Review 2015, which was adopted by Council on 26 May 2015. The Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires Council to review its planning scheme approximately every 4 years.

Current Status

At Councils meeting held on 28 June 2016, Council resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit Amendment C150 to the Knox Planning Scheme, and subject to receiving such authorisation to place Amendment C150 on exhibition.

Authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit Amendment C150 was received on 13 July 2016. Amendment C150 was placed on public exhibition from 11 August 2016 until Monday 19 September 2016. The exhibition period for Amendment C150 has now closed.

A total of 16 submissions to Amendment C150 were received. The submissions were considered by Council at its meeting held on 22 November 2016.

Council resolved to refer all submissions to an independent panel to be appointed by the Minister for Planning. The panel hearing is likely to be heard in February 2017.

What is changing?

The key proposed changes are:

  • 1. A clearer and less repetitive MSS setting out Council’s vision for land use and development in Knox. The revised MSS will guide decision making on planning applications and sets out ways to address issues such as housing growth, liveability for local residents, and managing activity centres. A new Strategic Framework Plan for the municipality forms part of the vision outlined in proposed Clause 21.02
  • 2. Introduction of four new local policies on advertising signs, non-residential uses in residential areas, gaming machines, and environmentally sustainable development.
  • 3. Some updated zone and overlay schedules to improve clarity and reduce red tape.

A more detailed summary of the proposed changes is contained within the Explanatory Report or from the amendment documentation which can be downloaded via the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Why is Council doing this?

Amendment C150 will help Council implement key recommendations from the Knox Planning Scheme Review 2015. It will also bring the Planning Scheme in line with State planning policy and Council’s current strategic direction and plans (including the Knox City Plan 2013-2017, Integrated City Strategy and Implementation Plan 2015-2017, and the Knox Integrated Transport Plan 2015-2025). The Amendment also addresses some policy gaps.

How does it affect me?

The MSS and local planning policies provide a vision and policy direction for land use and development in Knox, whilst the zones and overlays trigger the need for planning permits and provide more specific planning provisions.

Council will assess any planning permit application against the MSS and local policies, as well as the zones and overlays. Proposals that are inconsistent are likely to be refused by Council.

Where can I get more information?

How can I make a submission?

Submissions to Amendment C150 were required to be lodged with Council by 5pm, Monday 19 September 2016. The exhibition period for Amendment C150 has now closed.

Please note that in accordance with the Planning & Environment Act 1987, Council must make all submissions made to Amendment C150 available for public inspection at its office for any person to inspect free of charge until the end of the two months after the Amendment comes into operation or lapses.

What happens next?

All submissions were considered by Council at its meeting on 22 November 2016. You can read the Council Report, and appendices, including summaries of the submissions received via this link.

Council resolved to make some changes to the amendment in response to some of the submissions. As not all submissions were resolved by Council, an independent Planning Panel will be appointed by the Minister for Planning. Anyone who has made a submission can be heard by the Panel. If a submitter does not want to be heard in person, the written submission is considered.

Following the Panel Hearing, Council will receive a report from the Panel with recommendations about how to proceed with the Amendment. Council may then decide whether or not to adopt Amendment C150, or adopt the Amendment with changes. If adopted by Council, an Amendment only becomes part of the Knox Planning Scheme if and when it is approved by the Planning Minister.

All submitters will be contacted by Planning Panels Victoria regarding details of the upcoming panel hearing, which is likely to be heard in February 2017.


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