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The Minister for Planning has appointed an Independent Planning Panel to consider the 56 submissions received for Amendment C131.

Due to COVID-19 and the associated physical distancing requirements the Panel hearing was held by video conference on 24, 25, 26 and 28 May 2021. The Panel heard this matter in an open forum, consistent with its obligation to conduct hearings in public.

The Panel directions and timetable for the panel hearing can be viewed here. In accordance with Direction #6 Council circulated its Part A submission on Monday 10 May 2021. You can download the Part A submission and its attachments by clicking the drop-down menu below.

In accordance with Direction #6 Council circulated its Part A submission on Monday 10 May 2021. Council's Part A Submission and Attachments can be accessed below by clicking on each of the document titles.

Council relied on the expert evidence of Mr John Glossop at the Panel Hearing. You can view his evidence statement by clicking here.

For a summary of 'what we heard' during the public exhibition period for Amendment C131, click here. Following consideration of the submissions Council is proposing a number of refinements to the amendment (click here), which were put to the Panel for consideration.

Council is now awaiting the Panel Report and will then consider the recommendations, determine whether to make any changes, adopt or reject the amendment. The Panel Report will be made available on this website.

About the amendment

Council is updating the Hobsons Bay planning scheme to align with Victorian Government requirements through Amendment C131. This work will include updating local policies and applying new residential zones providing an improved and up-to-date decision-making framework for Council's planning decisions.

In order to provide an improved and up-to-date decision-making framework for how Council makes planning decisions, this work will include:

  • updating the Planning Policy Framework (which forms part of the Hobsons Bay planning scheme)
  • applying New Residential Zones

The update will present our local policies in a new format recently introduced through the state government's Smart Planning program to simplify and modernise Victoria’s planning policy and rules.

Amendment C131 will also apply new residential zones across the municipality to give greater transparency as to where new housing development is expected and to ensure we meet the housing needs of existing and future residents, while also respecting highly valued neighbourhood character.

In preparing Amendment C131, Council officers worked closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to ensure the new scheme aligns with state government guidelines, rules and direction.

What are the proposed changes?

There are two key pieces of work that we sought feedback on during the public exhibition period of this amendment. Click on each of the boxes below to find out what is included in Amendment C131 and how this may affect you.