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Planning & building

We represent and advise councils in the areas of planning and building, including urban and rural planning, and planning systems improvement.

Our STEP Planning Process Improvement Program assists councils to improve their planning processes.

Planning and building news

2015-16 achievements

  • Secured a long-awaited review of planning fees, and worked with the Department and 19 member councils on detailed costs to inform the Regulatory Impact Statement. As a result of our work, the RIS is proposing an option with full cost recovery for many planning fees as well as annual fee indexation, which together could deliver an estimated $40 million annual increase in fees to councils.
  • Formed a technical working group of member councils to provide feedback on the State's new system of standard levies for infrastructure contributions, resulting in resolution of a majority of issues identified by group members.
  • Advocated for funding to assist councils to undertake strategic land use planning, resulting in $4.2 million allocated in the 2016 State Budget.
  • The final report of the Federal Parliament's Select Committee Inquiry on Wind Turbines supported MAV's recommendation for wind farm noise monitoring and compliance requirements to be transferred to State-based Environmental Protection Authorities; and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the independent EPA Victoria Review also noted the importance of EPA's technical role in assessing wind farm noise.
  • The MAV and Association of Bayside Municipalities secured $800,000 from the State to assist Port Phillip Bay councils to respond and adapt to coastal climate change, including developing a framework and practical responses for managing coastal hazards.

MAV submissions to Government on planning and building

In recent years the MAV has provided submissions on planning and building as follows:

MAV submissions
Date Topic
​December 2017 SMART Planning - Reforming the Victorian Planning Provisions (Word - 741KB)
​November 2017 Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries (Word - 309KB)
​October 2017 National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Consultation Paper (PDF - 484KB)
​September 2017 ​Review of Aboriginal Heritage Regulations (Word - 34KB)
​August 2017 Planning for Golf in Victoria (Word - 306KB)
​July 2017 ​Draft Building Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement (Word - 303KB)
​March 2017 Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations (Word - 335KB)
​June 2016 Planning fees regulatory impact statement (Word - 334KB)
​June 2016 ​Smart Cities Plan (Word - 393KB)
​May 2016 VCAT Fees Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF - 915KB)
​April 2016 ​Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations (Word - 345KB)
​March 2016 Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee (Word - 360KB)
February 2016 Major Hazard Facilities Advisory Committee (Word - 107KB)
​February 2016 Animal Industries Advisory Committee (Word - 116KB)
December 2015 Plan Melbourne Refresh (Word - 364KB)
August 2015 Heritage Act 1995 review discussion paper (Word - 332KB)
August 2014 Combined MAV and Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group submission on the sunsetting of the building regulations (Word - 146KB)
May 2014 State Planning Policy Framework Review Advisory Committee (Word - 344KB)

MAV documents

Event presentations

You can find presentations on planning and building in our past event presentations section.


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Michelle Croughan
Planning Policy Adviser
P: 9667 5541
M: 0418 115 122