What are the next steps in the process, now that the panel report has been received?
What is the status of the amendment?
Once the Council has adopted the Amendments in their final format they should be considered as ‘seriously entertained’ and representative of Council’s policy position. As such the Amendments and the controls contained within them could be given greater weight when assessing planning permit applications and in providing justification for decisions at VCAT hearings. This would be the status until Council received approval from the Minister and formal gazettal takes place.
What has changed since the documents were exhibited?
Council has made numerous changes to the exhibited documents in response to submissions and as a result of further work undertaken by Council Officers. To see the particular changes that Council proposed to the panel, please refer to Council’s submission.
Can I have further input into the process?
What is covered in the panel report?
- Background and issues (i.e. about Darebin, what the Amendments propose, recent changes in State policy);
- Housing and economic land use direction;
- Overarching principles for corridors;
- Specific controls in the Design and Development Overlays;
- Reservoir Structure Plan;
- Industrial Precincts;
- St Georges Road corridor precincts; and
- Plenty Road corridor precincts.
I made a submission at the panel hearing. Where can I find the panel’s response to my concerns?
What is the Local Planning Policy Framework?
Planning for a vibrant, growing local community involves a complex, layered structure of related State and Local planning frameworks, policies and provisions.
The Darebin Planning Scheme is made up of many components.
As the diagram shows, most of the Darebin Planning Scheme content is controlled by the State but there are parts that can contain 'Local' content.
The 'Local Planning Policy Framework' section of the scheme is one component that is available for Council to customise to address local planning issues and priorities. The Municipal Strategic Statement and Local Planning Policies are found in this section of the planning scheme.
The Municipal Strategic Statement is a critical document in the Darebin Planning Scheme. It sets out our vision for the future we want for Darebin – establishes the objectives we want to achieve – and draws together all the various strategies from a range of planning initiatives into a consolidated statement of how we will proceed.
Together with Local Planning Policies, it provides the strategic basis and guiding principles for land use and development planning that is appropriate for Darebin.
What will the new MSS achieve?
The new Darebin Municipal Strategy Statement is grounded in the new Council Plan adopted in June 2013, and draws on an extensive suite of specific, detailed strategies and policies spanning the huge array of issues your city needs to manage.
It lays out our objectives and strategies across four core areas of activity, with these key goals:Environment
Protecting and enhancing both our natural and built environments:
- Managing sensitively the impacts of land use
- Creating a sustainable, liveable urban environment for residents, workers and visitors
- Protecting areas of natural, cultural and built heritage value.
- Effectively managing environmental risk
Encouraging greater breadth of opportunity, employment and land use:
- Developing a commercial office market.
- Investing in retail, institutional and hospitality sectors
- Supporting ongoing industrial uses in areas where they are best suited
- Adapting non-residential land for new uses
- Converting areas to mixed use where appropriate
- Facilitating local job growth to match our population growth
Providing for both ‘a roof over the head’ and enviable quality of life:
- Balancing the needs of current and future residents
- Making housing affordable and accessible for all
- Demonstrating best practice environmental and urban design
- Ensuring residential development is appropriate to its location and considerate of its context
- Providing for diverse housing needs and preferences
Enhancing liveability with good access to transport, services and facilities:
- Reducing car dependency, congestion and parking pressures and promoting sustainable lifestyles
- Planning effectively to meet changing needs for transport, essential services, community facilities and open space
- Ensuring equity of investment across the municipality
- Promoting urban renewal opportunities
The new MSS includes extensive detail on how we’re stepping up to the challenge in each of these crucial areas.
Why do we need a new MSS?
The Municipal Strategic Statement is essentially a 'living document' and should be continually refined as Council develops and revises its strategic directions in response to the changing needs of the community.
Darebin, like many other local governments, is grappling with significant change:
population growth and a shift in demographics – putting new and more diverse
demands on housing, infrastructure and services.
in the local economy – we are moving from a traditional industrial employment
base to a more mixed one offering job growth in retail, services and advanced
pressures – calling for new approaches to manage the impact of climate change,
conserve resources and ensure a sustainable and liveable community.
This changing future demands a new set of policy directions and strategies – and a revised Municipal Strategic Statement to articulate and put them all into action.
How was the new MSS prepared?
Council completed a comprehensive review of the existing Darebin Planning Scheme in 2010, and we have been putting in place a number of significant new plans and strategies. The key ones underpinning our new Municipal Strategic Statement are the Darebin Housing Strategy and Darebin Economic Land Use Strategy - both of these strategies are at draft stage and open for public comment. The Reservoir Structure Plan adopted in August 2012; and other recent relevant Council strategies such as the Going Places: Darebin Transport Strategy are being brought into the planning scheme for the first time.
Based on these and a suite of related initiatives, we have drafted, in consultation with Councillors and internal council units, a new and refocused Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).
Following community consultation and feedback, the new MSS will be introduced into the Darebin Planning Scheme via Planning Scheme Amendment C138.It will set a clear direction for our city’s future: addressing Darebin’s changing demographic and housing needs; strengthening our economic activities and opportunities; tackling our environmental and infrastructure challenges; and providing greater planning certainty for both the community and the development industry.