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Warrnambool Planning Scheme Review

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme controls land use and development within the municipality. 

It contains State and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme indicates if a planning permit is required to establish a new use of land, to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

The Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) contains planning policies and statements about how decisions will be made, and provides guidance on issues of local significance.

The LPPF contains a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) which establishes the strategic planning framework for the City and captures significant planning directions (i.e. greenfield growth areas, city centre renewal, protection of key environmental assets, etc).  The MSS is dynamic and should be continually refined as Council revises its strategic directions.

The MSS and LPPF are informed by a number of Council strategies and policies including the Council Plan (2013-2017), Health and Wellbeing Plan, City-Wide Housing Strategy, Retail Strategy, Industrial Land Use Strategy, Warrnambool Open Space Strategy, to name a few.

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project 2015

In 2014, Council commenced a comprehensive review of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme.  The objectives of the project were to:
•         Ensure the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) is consistent with, and is underpinned by the structure and themes at the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) level.
•         Determine whether new policies need to be prepared to implement adopted Council strategies and policies.
•         Provide a draft revised Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), LPPF and land use planning controls (ie. zones and overlays).

On 2 February 2015, Council endorsed the final report for the Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project. 

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite final report contained a number of recommendations that will be implemented by a staged approach. The first stage included:
•         Restructure the LPPF, and more specifically the MSS, to align it with the SPPF.
•         Update the LPPF to reflect Council strategies, plans and polices.
•         Refresh the MSS to be a more contemporary document and reflect current issues and influences.
•         Delete all but three local policies, and where relevant, incorporate the objectives and strategies from the deleted policies into the new MSS.
•         Refresh the remaining three local planning polices to provide consistency in language.

The first stage was implemented into the Warrnambool Planning Scheme via Amendment C93 in September 2016.

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Review 2018

Council is required to review its planning scheme in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act no later than one year after the Council Plan is approved. 

The review analyses the planning scheme by considering the following questions:
•         What are the key issues to be addressed in the Planning Scheme Review having regard to the current performance of the scheme?
•         What are the possible options or solutions that could be explored to address issues?

The final Warrnambool Planning Scheme Review Report was completed in December 2018 and was adopted by Council on 1 April 2019.

The final report made 30 recommendations to not only improve the Warrnambool Planning Scheme but to prepare for the State Government initiated Smart Planning program that has introduced a new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) into all Victorian Planning Schemes. 

The final report also provides an update on a strategic work program to continue implementation of the recommendations of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project 2015. 

Further Information

For further information, please contact Andrew Nield, Strategic Planner, on (03) 5559 4800 or by email anield [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au


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