What is a planning scheme?
All councils must have their own planning scheme. A planning scheme is a statutory document. It provides rules on how land in a municipality can be used and developed. It includes objectives, policies, and provisions to guide how this should occur.
All planning schemes have the same format. They include:
- A Municipal Planning Strategy
- A Planning Policy Framework
- Particular provisions (e.g. car parking rules).
What is a planning scheme review?
A planning scheme review assesses how well a planning scheme is working. It will generally make recommendations on how to improve the planning scheme.
Councils must review their planning schemes every four years. This is a requirement under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
What is a municipal planning strategy?
A municipal planning strategy sets out the planning outcomes a municipality wants to achieve. It includes:
- Context. This sets the scene on the issues important to a municipality. It includes a description of the geographic, economic, environmental, and demographic qualities of a municipality.
- Vision. A statement of intent that sets out the type of municipality a council aims to create.
- Strategic directions. These set out how a municipality will achieve its vision and manage key issues, such as for housing.
- Strategic framework plans. These are maps that show the key strategic directions for a municipality.
The municipal planning strategy is at Clauses 2.03 and 2.04 of the Planning Scheme.
What is a planning policy framework?
The planning policy framework sets out the policy content of a planning scheme. It includes State, regional and local policies. It implements the planning outcomes set out in the municipal planning strategy.
The planning policy framework is at Clauses 10-19 of the Planning Scheme.