Planning Scheme Review 2020

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Consultation has concluded. For more details on this project, please contact Council's Strategic Planning Team on 5734 6200.

The Planning Scheme affects all people that live and work within the shire as it sets out how, and where, people can use and develop their land.

Council is required by the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to review the Mitchell Shire Planning Scheme regularly. This involves assessing whether the Planning Scheme provisions such as local planning policies, zones, overlays and schedules are effective in achieving the objectives and strategies of the planning scheme.

We'd like to hear from the community and regular users of the planning scheme.

The Planning Scheme affects all people that live and work within the shire as it sets out how, and where, people can use and develop their land.

Council is required by the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to review the Mitchell Shire Planning Scheme regularly. This involves assessing whether the Planning Scheme provisions such as local planning policies, zones, overlays and schedules are effective in achieving the objectives and strategies of the planning scheme.

We'd like to hear from the community and regular users of the planning scheme.

Consultation has concluded. For more details on this project, please contact Council's Strategic Planning Team on 5734 6200.

  • Submissions open until 15 June 2020

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    26 May 2020

    Mitchell Shire Council is reviewing the Mitchell Planning Scheme in accordance with Section 12B of the Planning and Environment Act. The review will assess the effectiveness, relevance and performance of the Mitchell Planning Scheme since it was last reviewed in 2012.

    As a part of the process, Mitchell Shire Council is inviting the community and regular users of the planning scheme to provide input on the Planning Scheme Review Report - Draft for public consultation. This report has been prepared by an external consultant in close collaboration with Council. This includes the full report, along with a separate executive summary of key findings available at the downloadable links on this page.

    Council is looking to understand the level of community interest in the findings and review any submissions. You can get involved by viewing the document and sending submissions via the instructions on this page.

    Council will then review your submissions and make any changes, where appropriate, prior to finalising the report. Once finalised, we will submit the report to the Minister.

    The outcomes of this report will inform the next stage of the project which is the preparation of a revised Mitchell Planning Scheme through a Planning Scheme Amendment. We envisage that this will begin in the second half of this year.


  • How to get involved

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    26 May 2020

    Mitchell Shire Planning Scheme Review- Draft for Consultation, May 2020 report is open for submissions.

    Hard Copy

    • Download to view or print a hard copy of the full report Mitchell Shire Planning Scheme Review – Draft for Consultation, May 2020
    • Download to view or print a hard copy of the Executive Summary to view a 16 page summary of the report.

    Send a Submission

    • Send a submission by email to Mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au
    • Click the 'Submission Survey' tab on this page and complete the online form
    • Mail to: Mitchell Shire Council- Planning Scheme Review- Strategic Planning, Reply Paid 70358, 113 High Street, Broadford, VIC 3658 (no stamp required)

    Please send submissions by 5pm, Monday 15 June 2020

    If you would like to be updated on the progress of this project and the later planning scheme amendment, please send an email to the contacts on this page, or subscribe to 'stay informed'.

  • Next steps

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    26 May 2020

    The revised Mitchell Planning Scheme will be limited in what it will change as a part of this project.

    It will:

    • translate the planning scheme into the new Planning Policy Framework format in line with the State-wide Amendment VC148, which includes updating the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), to a new briefer Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS);
    • Look to implement policies that are relevant to planning that have been adopted by Council over the past 8 years;
    • Remove policy that is duplicating or at odds with what is said in the Planning Scheme at State and Regional level; and
    • Identify further work to further improve the planning scheme for the next 5 years.

    It cannot/will not:

    • Insert new policy that is not adopted by Council
    • Insert new structure plans into the planning scheme. This work will be prepared as a separate planning scheme amendment, if they are not already implemented into the scheme.
    • Rezone or nominate land for rezoning. Such nominations need to be informed by a strategic project such as a township structure pan and would be subject to a separate planning scheme amendment.