Why are these changes being made?

The changes being made by Amendment C133 are mainly corrective in nature. This is part of Council’s ‘housekeeping’ work and is necessary to ensure the planning scheme is accurate, and does what it’s supposed to do.

The errors and anomalies have been identified by planning permit applications, enquiries and requests from the community, Council policies and ongoing review of the planning scheme.

What does the Amendment do?

Amendment C133 corrects numerous errors and anomalies within the Darebin Planning Scheme, such as:

  • Rezoning land in a public use zone that is no longer publicly owned to a more appropriate zone.
  • Removing redundant overlay controls.
  • Updating the liquor licensing schedule to refer to commercial and priority development zones and exempt restaurant and café licences from the need for a planning permit.
  • Updating the heritage overlay schedule to correct numerous errors. 

How can I have my say?

The consultation period for Amendment C133 is 20 November 2014 to 22 December 2014. Council is committed to attempting to resolve any matters raised in submissions. We would encourage you to discuss any issues with Council officers before making a submission. If you make a submission you may be contacted to discuss the issues raised.

 Your feedback and comments are important to us and this is the time to be involved and make yourself heard. 

Submissions can be lodged via planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au or in writing to Planning Services Consultation, Darebin City Council, PO Box 91, Preston Victoria 3072.

What’s next?

The exhibition period will conclude on 22 December 2014.

If you make a submission, you may be contacted by a Council Officer in early 2015 to discuss it. Council is committed to attempting to resolve issues raised in submissions, where possible.

Council is committed to resolving any issues raised in submissions, where possible. If issues raised in a submission cannot be resolved, a preliminary Panel Hearing date has been set for March 2015. Other options, such as removing certain changes from the Amendment, may also be considered.

Once submissions are resolved or the Panel Hearing concluded, Amendment C133 will be presented to Council for a decision. It is anticipated that this will happen in early 2015. 

Why are changes being made to the liquor licensing schedule?

These changes are being made for a number of reasons.

Before 2009 Darebin’s liquor licensing schedule used to exempt certain premises from the requirement of a planning permit, including restaurants and cafes. When the Liquor Control Reform Act was amended by State Parliament in 2009, changes to the licensing categories were introduced. These state legislation changes meant that inadvertently Darebin’s liquor licensing schedule was out of date and previous planning permit exemptions were no longer applicable.

Amendment C133 proposes to rectify the situation and align the schedule with the relevant liquor licensing categories, as per its previous intent.

All licence types will still require permission from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR). This application process involves notification for a period of 28 days, and you can make a submission to particular applications during this time. Council is also informed of all applications via a referral from VCGLR, and can make comments on particular applications.

A further fix up relates to another technical issue in relation to the wording of the previous document. The schedule incorrectly refers to land uses (such as a café), rather than particular parcels of land (such as certain land affected by a certain zone).

The proposed changes mean that a restaurant and café liquor license within the commercial and priority development zones will be exempt from the requirement of a planning permit.