“When will Council be undertaking a comprehensive review of its planning scheme (as opposed to the Council Plan)? Will council be holding full public consultation on such a review?”

The Mayor read Council’s response. He said:

“Council will undertake a review of its planning scheme once the State Government has completed its comprehensive review of both the State and local planning policy frameworks. The State Government review will help to guide Council’s future planning scheme review.

Other Councils are also awaiting the completion of the State Government review before undertaking their respective planning scheme reviews.

Council will undertake public consultation of the next planning scheme review in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.”

From the above response it is clear that it will be at least another year or so before residents see any attempt to address the anomalies and inadequacies of the current planning scheme. Whilst public consultation is mentioned it is also worth pointing out that the Planning and Environment Act 1987 simply states that councils are obliged to undertake ‘regular reviews’ of their respective schemes. Consultation is not mandatory or even mentioned in the Act. If consultation does eventuate, then the extent, form, and nature of that ‘consultation’ is totally in the hands of Council. Then of course, council is only obliged to ‘consider’ what residents state.

The claim that ‘other council are also awaiting the completion’ by the State Government is open to debate. Bayside is at this very moment reviewing its scheme. They are not ‘waiting’. Below we feature some of these ‘other councils’ who from the time of the introduction of the new zones (July 2013) have either started, or completed their reviews. The list is impressive.

http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/planning-and-building/planning-scheme-amendment/review-of-the-moonee-valley-planning-scheme.aspx

http://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/caring_for_bayside/bayside_planning_scheme_review.htm

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/planning-review/index.htm

http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/DownloadDocument.ashx?DocumentID=11381

http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/files/9c3084db-334b-4fa9-8468-a35e00db8a2d/Appendix_6_-_Hobsons_Bay_Planning_Scheme_Review.pdf?streamFile=true?streamFile=true

http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Planning_and_Building/Planning/Strategic_Planning/Strategic_Planning_Projects/Frankston_Planning_Scheme_Review

https://www.campaspe.vic.gov.au/hardcopy/112123_194033.pdf

http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/building-and-planning/planning-policy/moreland-planning-scheme.html

http://www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/infrastructure-and-development/planning-and-building/strategic-planning/queenscliffe-planning-scheme-review?task=callelement&format=raw&item_id=2914&element=0c2b1dac-d2ef-4b7a-820f-fb343adee7ca&method=download.

ttp://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/files/2e17c914-5e8f-4382-8078-a3d8010faa3c/Draft_Planning_Scheme_Review_No_3_Report.pdf.

http://www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au/services/planning/Strategic-Planning-Projects.asp

http://www.colacotway.vic.gov.au/page/Page.asp?Page_Id=4571&h=1

http://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/sites/warrnambool.vic.gov.au/files/documents/property/planning/projects/Planning%20Scheme%20Rewrite%20Project%20Final%20Report%20Jan%202015.pdf

http://www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/Building_and_Planning/Planning_for_the_Future/Current_Strategic_Projects/Latrobe_Planning_Scheme

http://www.pyrenees.vic.gov.au/What_We_Do/Planning/Strategic_Planning_and_Major_Projects

https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/building-planning-and-transport/planning-and-development/planning-for-the-future/scheme-and-amendments/planning-scheme-review

http://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/page/page.asp?Page_Id=1996&h=0

http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/getmedia/e86cb0ac-2338-412a-811c-f3bc0d8219d7/2014_06_11_Planning_Scheme_12B_Review_Report_Adopted_June_2014_%28ED14_86426%29.PDF.aspx

http://www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/building-planning/planning-for-the-future/images/Wodonga_Planning_Scheme_Review_Report_%28Final_%29.pdf

http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/getmedia/e86cb0ac-2338-412a-811c-f3bc0d8219d7/2014_06_11_Planning_Scheme_12B_Review_Report_Adopted_June_2014_%28ED14_86426%29.PDF.aspx (2014)

What also needs to be pointed out is how the following councils either are in the process, or have reviewed their Housing strategies in recent times. This is in stark contrast to Glen Eira’s 1996 and 2002 efforts!

http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/hanc.review.html (2014)

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/planning-review/documents/Monash_Housing_Strategy_2014_Consultation_draft.pdf (2014)

http://yoursaydarebin.com.au/darebin-housing-strategy/faqs (2013-14)

http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/pbs/city-strategy/ballarat-strategy.aspx (November 2014)

http://www.greaterdandenong.com/document/27580/greater-dandenong-housing-strategy-2014-2024.

https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Files/FINALMaribyrnongHousingStrategy1101205.pdf. (2011)

http://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/files/950908bd-c5e7-4897-864a-a0c90115f690/Adopted_Brimbank_Housing_Strategy_Home_and_Housed_August_2012.pdf.

http://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/sites/warrnambool.vic.gov.au/files/documents/property/planning/strategies/City-wide%20Housing%20Strategy%202013.pdf

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Meetings/Lists/CouncilMeetingAgendaItems/Attachments/11564/JUN14%20FMC2%20AGENDA%20ITEM%206.3%20Draft%20Housing%20Strategy.pdf (2014)

http://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_ID=3081&desc=Housing_strategy

http://www.knox.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=3863 (2015)

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Meetings/Lists/CouncilMeetingAgendaItems/Attachments/11564/JUN14%20FMC2%20AGENDA%20ITEM%206.3%20Draft%20Housing%20Strategy.pdf (2014)

http://www.casey.vic.gov.au/building-planning/strategic-planning/housing/Frequently-Asked-Questions

 

 

 

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