Standing Advisory Committee

Yarra City Council is currently progressing a series of proposed changes to the planning scheme to introduce built form and design requirements in areas that are experiencing greater pressure from development. 

In late 2020, the Victorian Minister for Planning invited Yarra City Council to appoint an Advisory Committee to help implement built form and design requirements across Yarra’s activity centres and associated areas more efficiently. 

Council considered the Minister’s offer at its Council meeting on 2 March 2021 and decided to request the Minister for Planning set up and appoint a Standing Advisory Committee. 

The Minister appointed the Yarra Activity Centre Standing Advisory Committee (the Committee) on 9 August 2021 pursuant to section 151 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Role of the Committee and more information

The Committee was appointed by the Minister for Planning on 9 August 2021 to provide timely advice to the Minister and Yarra City Council on referred planning matters and associated draft Yarra Planning Scheme provisions for Yarra’s strip shopping centres (activity centres) and other areas of urban change. 

The objective of the Committee is to provide consistent advice in a transparent, simpler, more timely and cost-efficient process on any proposed new planning provisions referred to it by the Minister.

The Committee is administered by Planning Panels Victoria. More information about the Committee can be viewed on Planning Panels Victoria's website.

Council has prepared an Information Sheet that explains more about why the Committee was set up and what the process includes.


Council has resolved to progress a series of draft amendments through this process.  The draft amendments that are to be considered by the Standing Advisory Committee are listed on our Current Amendments webpage under the Draft Amendments heading.  

There are six steps in the process to consider the draft amendments.

Standing Advisory Committee process

Terms of reference

The Minister for Planning issued the Yarra Activity Centre Standing Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference (PDF 203kB).

This document sets out how the Standing Advisory Committee will work.

More information