Planning & building
We represent and advise councils in the areas of planning and building. Member councils are able to provide direct input through our Planning Committee as well as a number of issue-specific technical working groups we convene as required.
We are involved in capacity-building reform projects, and we represent councils in numerous State-led reviews and reforms in the planning and building spaces.
Our key areas of focus for planning and building include:
- The Smart Planning reform program
- Changes to residential zones
- Addressing compliance and the building regulatory system
- Coastal planning in response to climate change
- Sustainable animal industries
- Interaction between planning and the reform program for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
Our immediate priorities include:
- The Victorian Government’s Smart Planning reform program
- Inadequacies in the building regulatory system leading to poor compliance levels
- Reforms arising from the EPA inquiry, particularly related to the management of potentially contaminated land
- The Public Housing Renewal Program and broader advocacy on affordable housing
- Interaction between climate change and land use planning
- Interaction between land use planning and renewable energy
- Planning controls for animal industries
- Ecologically Sustainable Development in planning and building.
- Population management
- Port Phillip Bay Coastal Planning Project
- Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment
Submissions and briefs
We develop and form a collective local government sector view on a range of planning and building topics. Our most recent submissions include:
- Protecting strategic agricultural land - May 2019 (Word - 300KB)
- Draft Solar Energy Facilities Design and Development Guidelines - Feb 2019 (Word - 306KB)
- SMART Planning - Reforming the Victorian Planning Provisions - Dec 2017 (Word - 741KB)
- Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries - Nov 2017 (Word - 309KB)
- Review of Aboriginal Heritage Regulations - Sep 2017 (Word - 34KB)
- Draft Building Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement - Jul 2017 (Word - 303KB)
- Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations - Mar 2017 (Word - 335KB)
To access all MAV planning and building related submissions, visit the MAV submissions page.
Committees and reference groups
We represent local government on numerous high-level advisory and reference groups, including the:
- Victorian Cladding Taskforce
- Victorian Building Authority Stakeholder Reference Group
- Smart Planning Advisory Group
- Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Steering Committee, Implementation Reference Group and Technical Reference Group
- Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Council
- Victorian Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Committee.
We also convene the MAV Planning Committee
Land Use Planning in Victoria - A guide for councillors (2017)
- Land use planning in Victoria: a guide for councillors (Word - 2.44MB)
- Land use planning in Victoria: a guide for councillors (PDF - 640KB)
- MAV/Metropolitan Planning Authority Partnership Agreement Version 2 (PDF – 3.79MB)
- Financial costs of settlement patterns in rural and regional Victoria modelling tool (Excel – 6.25KB) - Released in 2013, this tool provides rural and regional councils with insights into the costs of different settlement patterns based on essential infrastructure items.
- Where and how should we grow (Word – 1.36MB)
Managing residential character in rural and regional Victoria
The MAV commissioned Planisphere to prepare a report defining the characteristics of residential development in rural and regional areas. The report also outlines mechanisms that can guide improved residential development and identifies areas of potential reform.
- Managing residential character in rural and regional Victoria (Word – 48.1MB)
- Managing residential character in rural and regional Victoria (PDF – 3.04MB)
- Stronger planning enforcement risk assessment framework (PDF - 118KB) – A risk assessment tool prepared by Rural Councils Victoria and the MAV to assist councils to determine enforcement priorities, having regard to available resources.
- The 2019 MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference was held in Ballarat on 30–31 May.
You can access planning and building-related presentations from past events on our past event presentations page.
Engage with us
For more information about our planning and building policy work, contact:
Senior Adviser Planning and Environment
(03) 9667 5534