We support and strengthen local government to fulfill its planning functions and improve the planning system.
Local government has three key roles under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Councils:
- set a strategic policy framework for the municipality through its planning scheme
- administer and enforce the planning scheme
- make decisions on individual planning permit applications.
Each council prepares a planning scheme for its municipal district. A planning scheme contains:
- a state planning policy framework
- a local planning policy framework
- zone and overlay provisions that control the use and development of land.
As part of its local planning policy framework a council prepares a municipal strategic statement and local planning policies. These reflect the community's priorities and guide planning decisions.
We participate and respond to a wide range of legislative and planning scheme matters. For the most up-to-date activities in this area view our Land Use Planning Bulletins.
STEP planning program
The STEP Planning Program helps member councils examine their strategic, statutory and enforcement planning services on a regular basis to make quality and efficiency breakthroughs.
A review of the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 was commenced to reconsider the regulations prior to their sunsetting in 2015.
The MAV has made a submission supporting the framework of the regulations but suggesting they could better address some system issues such as what makes a complete application and permit pathways.
Read the Submission to the Review of the Planning and Environment Regulations 2005 (Word - 335KB).
The VicSmart approvals process commenced on 19 September 2014 for a range of simple planning permit applications.
This 15-minute video for CEOs and council executives explains what VicSmart is and what it means for councils.