Following the approval of Victorian Government Amendment VC194 on 25 March 2021, which applies to Victorian Government and Local Government infrastructure projects that meet specified conditions, the upgrade to the Diamond Creek netball courts no longer requires a planning permit, and the application will be withdrawn.
However, Council has taken into account the significant community feedback, particularly in regards to the fencing. Drawings showing full fencing around the courts were submitted in error as part of the original planning permit application advertising process. The new drawings show the existing fences will be replaced and not extended.
Vegetation removal still requires planning approval and that is subject to a current planning application.
Please note that this amendment applies to infrastructure projects across the state and is not specific to the netball courts upgrade.
Amendment VC194 inserts two new particular provisions at Clause 52.30 (State projects) and Clause 52.31 (Local Government projects) into the Victorian Government Planning Provisions and all planning schemes to facilitate the timely delivery of state and local government infrastructure project to support Victoria's social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provisions provide exemptions from planning scheme and planning permit requirements, and exemptions from notice and review requirements for state and local government infrastructure projects, subject to meeting specified conditions.
Clause 52.30 (State projects) creates a standardised and more efficient planning and assessment process that will reduce delays by removing the need for separate planning scheme amendments or planning permits for applicable projects. These provisions will make it easier to facilitate projects developed and delivered by or on behalf of, or jointly or in partnership with, or funded by the State of Victoria or public authorities, or Crown land. Projects could include road, rail and tramway works; water, sewage and flood mitigation infrastructure; and police and other emergency services facilities, as well as both public and private use and development, or use and development on Crown land.
Clause 52.31 (Local government projects) exempts and streamlines planning requirements and processes, enabling local government to deliver services and infrastructure to communities more quickly and efficiently. These provisions will make it easier for councils to deliver infrastructure and other projects that meet needs of their communities, such as new or upgraded parks, sporting facilities, community facilities, libraries and town halls.
Find out more about Amendment VC194 in Planning Scheme Amendments Online.