In this issue:                                                                     April, 2015

MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference
Sector conversation on housing strategies and residential zones
Wind farms: update
Council and CFA standard referral agreements
Managing built form project
Building enforcement MoU
Victoria Planning Provisions survey
Fishermans Bend
Interesting tid bits and planning events

What’s happening in planning?

Welcome to the April edition of the MAV Land Use Planning Bulletin - everything you need to know about planning in April in two minutes or less.

MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference

The annual MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference is being held on 25-26 June in the foothills of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range at Vibe Hotel, Marysville.

With the sponsorship support of Planisphere, the theme this year is Plan – to deliver on bold ambitions with the focus being on why we plan, and sharing successful international, national and local examples of how we can better deliver on what we set out to achieve.

A full program is now available and guest speakers include Trevor Budge AM, and James Larmour-Reid, Planisphere; Marcus Spiller, SGS Economics and planning; Kathy Mitchell, Chief Panel Member, Planning Panels Victoria; and Laurie Hewett, Senior Member, VCAT.

Murrindindi Shire will also lead a field trip titled, 'building back better, a town big on small town charm' that will tour Marysville, and provide an understanding of what bushfire requirements will look like when implemented.

For all those ‘foodies’ we are pleased to advise that the Vibe Hotel sources all produce within 100 kilometres from Marysville. They have also generously extended the discount accommodation deal for conference delegates for those wishing to stay on.

Registrations can be made online. For further information, contact the MAV events team on 9667 5555, or send them an email.

Sector conversation on housing strategies and residential zones

We are reinvigorating our successful world café forums by holding a sector conversation about housing strategies and residential zones on 20 May, from 2pm-4pm at the MAV offices.

The forum will give councils the opportunity to hear about, and explore in detail, different components of housing strategies, and how to connect a strategy to the suite of residential zones.

Seven councils have been invited to host and facilitate discussions. Participants will have the opportunity to circulate to three different discussion groups during the course of the forum.

Registrations can be made online. For further information, email Michelle Croughan, or call 9667 5541.

Wind farms: update

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is meeting with their environmental auditors on 1 May to finalise an arrangement that will allow EPA accredited auditors to provide advice to councils on noise compliance.

The Wind Farm Guideline will be updated and distributed to councils outlining the new arrangement.

Council and CFA standard referral agreements

We are currently in the process of delivering a series of six consultation sessions around the state about standard referral agreements with the Country Fire Authority.

Details about registrations, and the remaining sessions are available online.

The collaborative project between councils, the CFA and the MAV has established the development of two agreements:

  • Agreement 1 - Lower risk categories of applications in the Bushfire Management Overlay
  • Agreement 2 - Subdivisions that create a road.

The preliminary feedback from councils has been positive, with several amendments taken into consideration. Once the agreements are finalised, the CFA will write to planning directors to request their sign up consideration.

Complementary training on the Bushfire Management Overlay is being held in conjunction with the standard referral agreement briefings.

For further information, email Gareth Hately on 9667 5596.

Managing built form project

As part of our Managing Built Form Project, Planisphere has identified examples of ‘good’ residential development in regional Victoria across a range of circumstances such as infill, heritage and greenfield.

They are in the process of putting this work together with a guide for councils about what mechanisms are most useful for protecting or creating character. A draft report is due by 8 May with the project due to conclude in late May.

Building enforcement MoU

In February, we circulated a draft Memorandum of Understanding to councils for comment, in an effort to clarify the enforcement responsibilities of councils and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), particularly in relation to private building surveyors.

As a result of the submissions from councils, the scope of the agreement has been tightened, and the MAV is brokering further discussions with the Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group (VMBSG), and the VBA to resolve outstanding issues.

The VMBSG has confirmed, with their members, the ongoing importance of the Building Control Intervention Filter Criteria, and the document is being used as the basis of the agreement. Councils will be updated on the next steps shortly.

Victoria Planning Provisions survey

As you might be aware the State Government's pre-election planning platform called for a review of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP). The MAV is keen to work with councils to introduce a mechanism that provides regular feedback to the government about the operation of the VPP/planning schemes, and other components of the planning system.

While we do not believe the framework of the VPP is broken, we suggest that good systems are regularly monitored for functionality, the early identification of issues and appropriate intervention. To this end we have prepared a survey to:

  • Inform the MAV of your views about the government's VPP agenda
  • Identify functionality/content concerns with the VPP
  • Identify future local government priorities for improvement.

The survey can be accessed online. A summary of the feedback will be distributed to all councils and provided to the government. If you have any questions about the survey please contact Michelle Croughan on 9667 5541.

Fishermans Bend

The Victorian Government unveiled a new plan for Melbourne's Fishermans Bend urban renewal area, which will double in size and be home to a new business precinct.

The Minister for Planning will now be the responsible authority for applications over a certain size within the Fishermans Bend Precinct, not the Metropolitan Planning Authority. The MAV is evaluating the impact of this arrangement on the MAV/MPA Partnership Agreement.

Interesting tid bits and planning events

Upcoming MAV events...

14 May

2015 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference

20 May

Sector conversation on housing strategies and residential zones

25 June

MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference 2015


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