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 three draft amendments through this process. The Minister for Planning has determined to refer submissions related to two of these amendments to the Committee. The other amendment relates to commercial areas along Heidelberg Road (Draft Amendment C273) and Council has recently lodged a request for consent from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit the draft amendment and is awaiting a decision on this request.
There are six steps in the process to consider the draft amendments.
Terms of reference
The Minister for Planning issued the Yarra Activity Centre Standing Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference (PDF).
This document helps guide the committee's work.
Draft planning scheme amendments
In April and May 2021 and in October 2022, Council resolved to progress three draft amendments through the Committee process. You can view the pages below for further information on the draft amendments: