09 December 2020
Amendments to the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes commenced on 1 December 2020. The changes aim to streamline the planning process and support economic recovery through the creation of jobs and the delivery of social and affordable housing.
The changes were prompted by the unprecedented $5.3 billion investment in social and affordable housing under the Victorian government's 'Big Housing Build' program which will deliver over 12,000 new dwellings and boost total social housing supply by 10 per cent.
We provide a summary of the changes below.
Streamlined permit process (Amendment VC187)
This amendment creates a separate permit process for the development of housing projects (including apartments) by or on behalf of the Director of Housing. The key take-outs include:
This amendment changes decision-making powers concerning social and affordable housing projects. The responsible authorities for assessing development applications under this amendment include:
Big Housing Build permit exemption (Amendment VC190)
This amendment creates a planning permit exemption for projects funded under the Big Housing Build program. The key take-outs include:
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is the responsible authority for assessing development applications under this amendment.
Authors: Joseph Monaghan & Sam Marks
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