Proposed Public and Shared Housing Reforms

** Update: The State Government Planning Scheme Amendment has recently been approved.  The changes that have been introduced into the planning schemes include: Use of a property for community care accommodation and rooming houses is now exempt from needing a planning permit under residential and commercial zones, when certain criteria are met. Development of a rooming … Read more

Planning Schemes Get a Facelift

The Victorian Planning Provisions has just seen its biggest change since the changes to residential zones a couple of years ago.   The changes have taken most of August to implement online, but the website is fully operational now and we have delved in to explore some of the major changes. This Planning Scheme Amendment has … Read more

Changes to Planning to Support Home Businesses

Earlier this year the State Government introduced an amendment to update and streamline parts of planning.  As part of that the particular provision that provides controls for Home Occupations was updated.  These changes have been introduced to support small businesses and provide greater flexibility for the growing home business sector. Businesses operated within the home … Read more

Urban Development in a Bushfire Management Overlay

There have been a number of changes to the Bushfire Management Overlay and Clause 52.47 (Planning For Bushfire), particularly in relation to applications in established urban areas.  Recently I had an application in Seaford (Frankston City Council) that allowed me to experience what the recent changes mean in a practical sense. The first thing I … Read more