How Long Does It Take To Get A Planning Permit?

“How long will the planning permit process take?” This is one of the first questions people ask me, and one of the most difficult to answer. The short answer is quite a long time, and longer than many people realise! The reason why it is a difficult question to answer is because the planning process … Read more

Protecting Solar Panels From Overshadowing

Late last year a new planning control was introduced into planning schemes to provide protection for existing residential solar panels. New developments in or abutting residential areas are now required to consider any overshadowing impacts they may have on adjoining solar panels. Guidelines for Decision on Solar Panel Impacts To assist with this consideration the … Read more

Casey Council Seeking to Update Their Housing Policy

This Amendment is seeking to implement the Housing Strategy, specifically to differentiate the preferred location, diversity and built form of housing in the established areas of the municipality. The Housing Strategy identifies substantial, incremental and minimal change areas. The Amendment C198 seeks to implement the Housing Strategy as follows: Higher density housing is encouraged in … Read more

Car Parking For Planning Applications

Car parking is a common issue for many planning application. For many projects a car parking reduction is required and must be supported by the Council. For some applications there may also be objections raised about car parking concerns from surrounding residents. While a reduction or waiver of the parking requirements can often be justified … Read more

Parking Overlay Introduced To Frankston Activity Centre

A Parking Overlay (PO) has just been introduced into the Frankston Planning Scheme.  This Overlay has been created to provide improved guidance on car parking provision within and around the activity centre.  The Parking Overlay introduces lower minimum rates as well as a financial contribution scheme for car parking waivers.  The funds collected from car … Read more

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

Common Town Planning Terms Demystified

We know our clients sometimes feel like planners have invented another language!  To help you out we have written some definitions of some of the planning terms that you might encounter during your planning application. NOD This stands for Notice of Decision.  It is formal notice that the Council will issue a planning permit for … 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