What is a planning scheme?
A planning scheme is a statutory document which sets out how land can be used and developed. It also sets out how land is to be protected and conserved. It includes policies, zones, overlays and other provisions to achieve its objectives.
In accordance with section 6 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 the planning scheme
- must seek to further the objectives of planning in Victoria within the area covered by the scheme
- must contain a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS),
- may make any provision which relates to the use, development, protection or conservation of any land in the area.
What does a planning scheme contain?
Planning Schemes in Victoria all have the same structure and include
- maps which show the zones and overlays that affect the land
- an ordinance with sets outs the written requirements of a scheme
- incorporated documents
Each municipality has its own planning scheme and the local policies distinguish one planning scheme from another. See a copy of the Yarra Planning Scheme.
What is a planning scheme amendment?
An amendment makes changes to the planning scheme. An amendment may be required to implement a new strategy or plan, to update local policies, to correct a mistake or rezone land, among other things.