The Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013 amends the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to implement Government election commitments and to introduce process improvements and red tape reductions to Victoria’s planning system.
What does the General Act do?
The key planning reforms in the General Act are to:

  • abolish Development Assessment Committees
  • provide for a Planning Application Committee to work with councils to deliver better local planning decisions
  • provide for two types of referral authority that will be set out in planning schemes
  • improve the exchange of information between responsible authorities, referral authorities and applicants
  • provide for reporting to the Minister by planning authorities, responsible authorities and referral authorities to improve the transparency of the planning system
  • improve the processes for amending planning schemes and assessing planning permit applications by reducing delays and speeding up information exchange
  • streamline the decision-making process at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • improve the operation of planning agreements by expanding the options for amending and ending agreements
  • make miscellaneous changes to improve the operation of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

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