Council is proposing to change its Licensed Premises Policy to improve the way licensed venues are managed in the City of Yarra.
Licensed premises such as pubs, bars and restaurants are part of what makes Yarra a vibrant and desirable place to live. They provide employment opportunities and contribute enormously to the local economy, whilst supporting the social, artistic and cultural vibrancy of our city with live music, food and entertainment.
However, Council must effectively manage the location, size, operation and opening hours of licensed premises in order to minimise any potential amenity impacts for the local area, such as noise.
The aim of the proposed policy changes is to balance the amenity of existing residents and the establishment of new licenced venues. The changes would not apply to venues that have existing approvals already in place - they would only apply to new applications.
In order to implement changes to the Licensed Premises Policy, an amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme is required.
More information about the amendment is available below:
Current status of the amendment - panel hearing
The panel hearing for the amendment will be held on Wednesday, 26 and Thursday, 27 April at Planning Panels Victoria, Ground Floor 1 Spring Street, Melbourne. Further information about the panel hearing (including expert evidence statements and the panel timetable) will be provided once this information is available.
Yarra C209 Directions Letter and timetable (514.95 KB)
Yarra City Council - Part A Submission (22.80 MB)
Yarra City Council - Expert Evidence Colleen Peterson (1.14 MB)
Dr Michael Livingston - Expert Evidence (24.65 KB)
Dr Michael Livingston - Expert Evidence 2016 Addiction (305.73 KB)
Dr Michael Livingston - Expert Evidence 2016 Community Impact of Liquor Licences (1.42 MB)
Dr Michael Livingston - Expert Evidence 2011 Addiction (109.84 KB)
Dr Michael Livingston - Expert Evidence 2008 ACER (113.04 KB)
At its meeting on 21 February 2017 Council considered submissions received for Amendment C209 and resolved to refer the amendment to an independent planning panel to consider the submissions received. The panel is scheduled to commence during the week of the 24 April 2017. At this meeting Council also resolved to make a number of changes to the draft licensed premises policy as a result of the submissions received. The changes to the draft licensed premises policy as a result of the submission is available here and the changes are highlighted in yellow. This updated version of the policy will be used to inform the discussions at the panel hearing.
Why is the amendment required?
A Licensed Premises Policy currently exists in the Yarra Planning Scheme. Council is proposing to make changes to the policy, which will improve the way licensed premises are managed and provide clarity on where new premises are allowed to be established.The need for a revised policy addressing licensed premises arises from changes to State Government planning policies (including the introduction of cumulative impact considerations and the introduction of planning permit requirements for packaged liquor outlets). Opportunities to address other policy gaps within the existing policy have also been identified by Council.
Reviewing the existing Licensed Premises Policy is included as an action in Council’s Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 and Night Time Economy Strategy 2014-1018.
What does the amendment do?
The amendment proposes to change an existing policy in the Yarra Planning Scheme in order to provide stronger policy guidance for licensed premises. The revised policy would be used by Council to inform decision making and to guide the assessment of planning applications relating to licensed venues.The revised policy will result in improvements to the assessment of planning applications, and will allow for on and off-site amenity impacts to be better managed.
How would the changes affect existing venues?
The changes would not apply to venues that have existing approvals already in place. They would only apply to new applications.
Notice of Preparation of Amendment C209 exhibition.doc (41.00 KB)
Explanatory Report Amendment C209.docx (37.90 KB)
Instruction Sheet Amendment C209.doc (40.50 KB)
Clause 22.09 Revised Policy.DOC (1.03 MB)
Clause 22.09 Existing Policy with revisions in track changes- post exhibition (76.11 KB)
Clause 22.09 Existing Policy with revisions in track changes- exhibition version superseded.pdf (71.29 KB)
Clause 22.09 Existing Policy.pdf (35.03 KB)
Public Place (2015) Licensed Premises Policy - Background Document.pdf (6.40 MB)
Policy reference documents
01. Public Place (2015) Licensed Premises Policy - Background Document.pdf (6.40 MB)
02. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (2015) Practice Note 61 - Licensed premises: Assessing cumulative impact.pdf (249.43 KB)
03. Department of Justice (2009) Design Guidelines for Licensed Venues.pdf (1.54 MB)
04. Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (2012) Liquor Licensing Fact Sheet - Maximum Patron Capacity.pdf (299.57 KB)
05. Department of Health (2012) Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria’s plan 2013-2017.pdf (692.22 KB)
06. Inner City Entertainment Precincts Taskforce (2005) ‘A good night for all' - options for improving safety and amenity in inner city entertainment precincts.PDF (398.70 KB)
07. Yarra City Council (2013) Yarra Health Plan 2013-2017.pdf (1.16 MB)
If you have any questions about this amendment, please contact:
Senior Planner (Community Health and Safety)
An approximate timeline for this process is as follows:
• Current - Public exhibition process for Amendment C209.
• Early 2017 - Council considers public submissions.
• Early 2017 - Council may refer the amendment to an independent planning panel.
• 2017 - Council receives the panel’s report and determines whether to approve the amendment (with or without changes).
• 2017 - The amendment is submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.
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