C81 - Significant Landscape Overlay

Having considered the report of the Independent Planning Panel and submissions from the public, Council adopted C81 Significant Landscape Overlay at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 24 May 2016.

In accordance with the Council resolution and the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the amendment has been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

During April and May 2015 Amendment C81 was publicised and open for comment. There were 172 submissions 

Council considered these submissions at a Special Policy and Services meeting in August 2015 and referred the submission to an independent Planning Panel for consideration. A Panel hearing was held between 1 February and 12 February 2016. Council received the Planning Panel Report(PDF, 906KB) on 29 March 2016.

The Panel's report was considered at the Policy and Services Meeting on 10 May 2016.

The amendment proposes to amend the Nillumbik Planning Scheme by:

  • Making administrative changes to the Municipal Strategic Statement
  • Introducing sixschedules to the Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO)
  • Correcting a minor mapping error.

The intent of the above changes to the Nillumbik Planning Scheme is to protect the landscape character of the Shire’s rural landscapes within the Nillumbik Green Wedge.

The rural areas of the Shire of Nillumbik include a diverse range of landscapes, ranging from the open rolling agricultural pastures in the west, to the dense bushland surrounding the Kinglake National Park to the east. The municipality is valued for its high environmental and landscape qualities associated with the Kinglake National Park, Yarra and Plenty Rivers, Diamond Creek and metropolitan water storages, such as Sugarloaf Reservoir. The Shire's high scenic quality and natural beauty, combined with its proximity to Melbourne, makes Nillumbik’s non-urban areas, popular places to live and visit. All parts of the Green Wedge have a high degree of landscape significance within the context of the municipality and the broader region. The rural areas provide vistas of agricultural land, treed bushland, hills and watercourses with minimal urban intrusion.

The Green Wedge Management Plan 2010-2025, identified that the aesthetic qualities of the rural landscapes were a defining feature of the Green Wedge area and valued by the local community and the Nillumbik Landscape Character Assessment 2009, identified the landscape character of seven areas.

Information about each of the Significant Landscape Overlays are provided in the following links.