What are the steps in a planning scheme amendment?
What are the fees and costs for a planning scheme amendment?
Planning scheme amendments can be undertaken by the State Government and local councils which are responsible for the operation and development of planning schemes. Individuals, organisations or companies can request a planning scheme amendment. If Council agrees to the request State Government and Council fees and costs apply. These are explained in the Yarra City Council Planning Scheme Amendment fees and costs policy.
These fees and costs are intended to cover the costs of a planning scheme amendment which include public consultation, administrative costs and any third party or expert review. The fees and costs may vary depending on the size and complexity of the amendment.
Link to policy PDF
Help me better understand some of the terms you use in the planning scheme
The following are definitions of some of the more common planning terms we use:
Activity Centre: An area that provides a focus for services, employment, housing, transport and social interaction. They include Yarra's retail streets.
Commercial zone: Land that primarily has a commercial purpose, including shops, offices and restaurants.
Dwelling: A house, townhouse or apartment. It might be a single dwelling on a lot, a row of dwellings, a block of flats or apartments - each individual residence is a dwelling.
Major Employment Precincts: There are two in Yarra - Cremorne and Church Street, Richmond and Gipps Street, Collingwood. They host a diversity of traditional industrial uses, commercial offices and creative industries.
Mixed use zone: Land that has a mixture of commercial, industrial and residential uses.
Planning Scheme: A core responsibility of local government is to provide a planning scheme that sets out how land can be used, developed, protected or conserved. It includes policies, zones, overlays and other provisions to achieve its objectives.
Residential zone: Land that is predominantly for housing. The residential zone applies to 805 hectares of land in Yarra, accounting for 41% of all land in the municipality.
Strategic Development Sites: Sites that have been identified for redevelopment. They are often in commercial and mixed-use areas and include large, industrial parcels of land, such as the former paper mill in Alphington.
Urban renewal: The term for redeveloping land in cities, which often involves demolishing old structures and replacing them with new houses, facilities and infrastructure.
Zones: The planning scheme zones all land to reflect various land uses. Zones categorise how land is used and there are specific rules relating to each zone.
Where can I get more information?
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has more information about planning on its website.