We hope this month’s edition is an interesting read.
Gareth & Michelle
What can we tell you?
New commercial and industrial zones released
Planning Minister Matthew Guy in a media release on Monday announced the release of the commercial and industrial zones. The Advisory Committee Report, Government’s Response and zones are now available to view on the DPCD website. The MAV is still examining the detail of the changes. Interestingly, the rural zones were not released as part of this package. Hopefully we will see the final product shortly.
The zones will be fully implemented on 1 July 2013. A statewide planning scheme amendment will replace the existing zones. It is unclear what resources, if any will be provided to councils to assist them implement the new zones.
MAV Meeting with Minister Guy
The MAV recently held its first quarterly meeting with Planning Minister Matthew Guy. In this constructive meeting, the MAV discussed a range of matters from wind farm monitoring and compliance; the proposed Metropolitan Planning Authority; planning fees and when they will be reviewed; and the need to minimise unintended policy gaps with the proposed commercial, rural and industrial zones.
Metropolitan Planning Authority meeting
On the back of our meeting with Minister Guy, we were asked to convene a meeting of the MAV Metropolitan Strategy Reference Group to assist Government and the Ministerial Advisory Committee understand councils’ views on and help in the scoping of the proposed Metropolitan Planning Authority.
The meeting took place earlier this week and included presentations from Prue Digby, Deputy Secretary who provided a government perspective on the Metropolitan Planning Authority; and Roz Hansen, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee who discussed alternative governance arrangements from other jurisdictions. The meeting was an important opportunity for councils to directly influence the design and role of the Metropolitan Planning Authority. A document summarising the conversations throughout the day will be prepared and circulated to participants.
Restructuring of the Victorian Public Service
Probably old news by now, but the Victorian Government announced a merge of the Department of Planning and Community Development with the former Department of Transport to create the new Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.
MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference
Registrations are coming in fast for the MAV rural and regional planning conference: Game Changers – reposition rural and regional Victoria in fast moving times. All senior managers, councillors, as well as strategic and statutory planners are encouraged to attend so don’t leave your registration to the last minute. The conference, to be held from 4 to 5 July in Creswick at the Novotel Forest Resort, boasts a quality line-up of speakers, useful workshop sessions and a guided field trip of the Hepburn region. Planisphere and Spiire are supporting the event.
Speaker highlights include:
Mal Osbourne, CEO at Town of Port Hedland, on 'Planning on steroids: how to avoid the boomtown blues'
Victoria Tompsett, principal planner and economist at HillPDA, on 'Repositioning and transforming rural and regional Victoria: lessons from Newcastle and New South Wales'
Karl Sullivan, general manager policy – risk and disaster at Insurance Council of Australia, on 'Raging bushfires in tinder-dry conditions to surging floodwaters: how do we plan for this?'
Kathy Mitchell, chief planning panels member, and Phillip Martin, VCAT member, on 'Decisions that shaped planning in rural and regional Victoria'
Dr David McKinna, McKinna et al Strategic Insights – Global Outlook, on 'The dynamics of the agrifood sector and the impact on regional and rural economies'
John Henshall – principal, economist, and urban and regional planner at Essential Economics on behalf of Regional Cities Victoria – on 'What infrastructure do we need to reposition regional Victoria'
Adam Smith, director at Harvest Digital Planning, on 'Planning in the digital world: web-based planning for rural and regional areas'
Mark Hogan, project manager at Hepburn Shire Council, on 'Advancing country towns: repositioning Clunes, Creswick and Talbot'
For further information contact Gareth Hately.
Last opportunity for the STEP planning strategic stream
For those who are uncertain about how to manage your planning scheme amendment processes to meet Minister’s Direction No. 15, the STEP planning ‘strategic stream’ may be just what you need. The ‘strategic stream’ of the STEP program will give you a self-assessment of the health of your entire planning services; a detailed audit workshop to work through strategic processes; and identify a plan of action and a follow up a few months later to see how you are going. This stream is being offered for the first time this year and entries will close at the end of May.
Contact either Michelle Croughan or Kevin Peachey if you would like more information.
Reformed residential zones presentation
Geoff Underwood, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Reformed Residential Zones recently provided an overview of the reformed residential zones for the MAV Planning Committee. The presentation may be useful for council briefings.
MAV and EPA briefing on Separation Distance Guidelines
The revised guidelines for Recommended buffer distances for industrial residual air emissions (publication 1518) replaces a 1990 version. An information briefing was held last month at the MAV and the EPA's presentation from this briefing can be downloaded online.
What's in the news? Environmentally efficient design local planning policies
Six CASBE councils; Banyule, Moreland, Port Phillip, Whitehorse, Yarra and Stonnington are in the process of preparing amendments to their planning schemes to incorporate an environmentally efficient design local planning policy. The policy provides objectives and application requirements for residential, mixed use and non-residential development. It recognises the importance of considering environmentally sustainable design at the time of planning approval for new development so as to maximise sustainable design outcomes and minimise costs associated with retrofit and poor design. Well done councils and CASBE.
Manningham City Council receives Panel Report on C96 amendment
The purpose of Amendment C96 was to articulate the objectives of Manningham's Residential Strategy through the Design and Development Overlay (DDO8) and provide clear guidance on the form and scale of development encouraged along designated main roads and around existing shopping centres. The Independent Panel considered a total of 688 submissions as part of its hearings before releasing its Report.
New provisions for construction in flood hazard areas
The Building Commission has released a Practice Note providing a lay persons interpretation of the new provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2013 Volumes One and Two that relate to the construction of buildings in flood hazard areas and their application in Victoria.
PlanningVic app updated
The State Government’s PlanningVIC app has been updated for iPhones and released on Android and mobile-web versions. The app allows users to access property details such as zoning, heritage information and overlay controls while standing onsite. Councils are encouraged to promote the availability of this resource to community members interested in accessing free planning scheme and property reports for any property in Victoria. Find out more here.
Urban growth boundary
The Planning Minister has announced he wants to strengthen the boundaries between Melbourne and surrounding regions like Gippsland, by tightening existing legislation and getting a metropolitan planning authority to enforce boundary rules.
Density done well, and not just downtown
Density is done poorly in many cities, so it’s no surprise it can be unpopular with both the public and politicians. When it’s done well however, density is immensely important to the success of cities and regions. Brent Toderian has authored an article that explains how to do density well.
Urban World urbanisation iPad app
The growth of cities in emerging markets is driving the most significant economic transformation in history. The McKinsey Global Institute’s new iPad app, Urban World, offers a sense of how economic power will move as this urban expansion takes place. The app offers previously unavailable data from a proprietary MGI database of more than 2 600 cities around the world.
Interesting tid bits