Strategic planning

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Strategic planning refers to the Planning Scheme, Policies and supporting documents which controls and guides planning.

Planning Scheme Amendments

A Planning Scheme can be amended in various ways.
In some cases an amendment may involve just changing a planning scheme map and other may change the ordinance (written sections)
or both.

A Planning Scheme Amendment is applied for through the Council however must be approved by the Minister for Planning.

From Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website:

Councils can amend planning schemes to achieve a planning outcome or to support a new policy direction. For example, if a council wanted to protect the character of a residential area that demonstrated heritage significance it would amend the scheme to introduce a Heritage Overlay to the area.

Amendments to the scheme have significant planning implications and affect the wider community because they change the way land can be used or developed, and change the basis for making planning decisions in the future.

My role is to supply all supporting documentation to the Council, assessment against requirements under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, coordinate the process, facilitate public consultation. I can act for a client seeking to have a single lot re-zoned in a “site specific amendment”, or for a group to have an entire area re-zoned.

Policy Development

Working with local government to create policies to support the Planning Scheme, ensuring there is no contradiction with other sections of the Scheme. Local Policies are generally specific for a region. For example:

  • Car parking policy
  • Environmental policies
  • Rural Land Use Policies