What is a Planning Scheme?

Planning Schemes are legal documents that describe and control how land in an area can be used and developed. You may use the Planning Scheme when you need to open a new business, build or extend an existing building or change the way a place looks.

Our planning scheme contains objectives, strategies, standards and guidelines to encourage land uses and development.

Planning Schemes are updated over time to reflect the changing needs of our city and the community living within it. Periodically we ask the community on their experience in using the planning scheme.

What is a Planning Scheme Review?

A Planning Scheme Review looks at how a planning scheme is performing and aims to highlight what is working well and what areas could be improved.

The Planning Scheme Review is a requirement of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and is to be performed by Council every four years.

What is the purpose of this engagement?

We are interested in your thoughts and experience in using the Merri-bek Planning Scheme and engaging with planning processes.

How will your feedback be used?

Your feedback will help Council understand the community’s views and expectations on the effectiveness and efficiency of the Planning Scheme.

Your feedback will be put into a consultation summary report that will be an attachment to the Planning Scheme Review 2022 Report.

A planning scheme is a legal document that describes how land in an area can be used and developed.

The information in a planning scheme is prepared by the local council or the Minister for Planning, and, approved by the Minister for Planning

All planning schemes have a standard structure called the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP). These tools are specified in a Ministerial Direction on the Form and Content of Planning Schemes.

Planning schemes have three main parts:

  • Maps showing how land is affected by zones and overlays.
  • The ordinance which are the written requirements of a scheme.
  • Incorporated documents that guide decisions and how the scheme operates.
You can find out more about planning schemes and their structure at this Victorian State Government Planning website

Your personal information will not be included in the Planning Scheme Review Report but may be used by officers to get in contact to talk more about your views.

The Planning Scheme Review 2022 Report will include a series of actions to improve the way the Merri-bek Planning Scheme operates.

These actions will be translated into future work for relevant areas of Council. All inputs to the review will inform these actions, including your feedback.

Council will report the findings of the Planning Scheme Review 2022 Report by Council to the Minister for Planning.

Share your thoughts and experience in using our Planning Scheme