What is a planning scheme?

A planning scheme is a statutory document which sets out how land can be used and developed. It also sets out how land is to be protected and conserved. It includes policies, zones, overlays and other provisions to achieve its objectives.

Planning Schemes in Victoria all have the same structure and include:

  • maps which show the zones and overlays that affect the land
  • an ordinance which sets out the written requirements of the scheme
  • incorporated documents.

Each municipality has its own planning scheme and the local policies distinguish one planning scheme from another.

How are the policies in our planning scheme structured?

The proposed policies in Amendment C269 are organised into a new structure introduced by the State Government.

See this new structure, with the policies relevant to Yarra highlighted in blue.

How will this amendment affect my property?

Amendment C269 will not change the way land is currently used. The proposed local policies in the Yarra Planning Scheme provide direction for future planning decisions in Yarra. These future decisions may affect your property if you wish to develop your land or change the way it is used.

What stage is the Amendment at?

There are six stages in the planning scheme amendment process.

We are currently in the third phase of the amendment process. Yarra Council is considering community submissions which were made during the exhibition stage of the Amendment.

Community members who have made a submission will have an opportunity to speak to their submission at a Council Meeting. We may then decide to refer the submissions to an independent planning panel for further consideration.

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 20 July 2021 Council resolved to defer the item until Tuesday, 3 August 2021.


Planning Panel Hearing

The pre-set Panel dates are:

  • Directions Hearing - to be confirmed
  • Panel Hearing - week commencing 4 October 2021
An infographic showing that we are in the third phase of the amendment process