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Councils’ Reponse to Panel Reports

In-House Memorandum
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Procedures after Council receives a Planning Panel’s report

Following a report by Planning Panels Victoria with respect to a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment, the Planning Authority (‘the Authority’) must follow certain steps in order to comply with the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) (‘P&E Act’).

The Authority must release the report to the public within 28 days of receiving it. It must:

  1. Consider the Panel’s report before deciding whether or not to adopt the amendment (s27(1)); and
  2. Tell the Minister in writing if it decides to abandon an amendment or part of an amendment (s28);

After complying with Division 1 and 2 in respect of an amendment, the Authority may adopt the amendment with without changes (s29(1)).

Section 30(1), P&E Act, provides for situation where an amendment lapses.

An Authority, other than the Minister, must submit an adopted amendment to the Minister together with the prescribed information (s31(1))

Cameron Algie
19 December 2014

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