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

Bushfire Management Overlay Explained

  What Is A Bushfire Management Overlay? A Bushfire Management Overlay or BMO is an Overlay that identifies an area where there is a bushfire hazard.  The purpose of the BMO is to ensure that future development is only permitted where the risk to life and property can be effectively reduced and to ensure that … 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

Metropolitan Planning Levy

Recently I was discussing the common Council Contributions that apply to multiple dwelling applications.   One fee that also applies to some development applications is the Metropolitan Planning Levy.  This fee is a little different to the others as it is required to be paid to the State Government.  It is also required to be paid … Read more