July 31, 2018 Written by: Glossop Town Planning

Smart Planning Program Implements Amendment VC148

Amendment VC148 has been gazetted today. The Amendment forms a part of the Smart Planning program reforms to simplify and modernise Victoria’s planning policy.

As part of this amendment. the Victorian Planning Provisions have been restructured, with a new Planning Policy Framework implemented. The new PPF consist of three parts (1) policy settings, (2) decision rules, and (3) operation.

1. Planning Policy Framework

  • Deleting the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF), and replacing it with the new integrated Planning Policy Framework (PPF) in Clauses 10 to 19.
  • Clause 11.06 Metropolitan Melbourne no longer exists.


  • VicSmart provisions have been integrated to the applicable zones, overlays and particular provisions.
  • VicSmart information requirements and decision guidelines to the particular provisions at Clause 59.

 2. Particular Provisions

The Particular Provisions from Clauses 52, 53 and 57 have been organised into 3 categories:

  • Provisions that apply to a specified area (Clause 51).
  • Provisions that require, enable or exempt a permit (Clause 52).
  • General requirements an performance standards (Clause 53).

 3. Operation Provisions

  • The operational provisions (Cl. 70 to 74), have been consolidated into:

- Cl.71 – operational provisions for the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and PPF, zones,
  overlays, particular provisions, and VicSmart;
- Cl.72 – administrative provisions, including the list of documents incorporated into the planning
  scheme and background documents;
- Cl.73 – meanings of terms, including general, sign and land use terms, and nesting diagrams;
- Cl.74 – includes the provisions to be used in the future transition of LPPFs to the MPS and

There have been several key changes to the zones, overlays and particular provisions, which are summarized as follows:

  • Require each the Statement of Significance be included in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay.
  • Introduction of a new Specific Controls Overlay (SCO) to replace the particular provision Clause 51.01.
  • Amend the DPO to clarify when an application is exempt from notice and review.
  • A number of key changes to sign application requirements, and clarification on permit exemptions for use of land to display a sign.
  • An application under Clause 52.29 (Land Adjacent to a Road Zone, Category 1, or a Public Acquisition Overlay for a Category 1 Road) is now exempt from the notice and third-party review requirements of the Act. A notice and review exemption has been introduced at Clause 52.29-5.
  • Removal of planning permit triggers, and amending the following to a section 1 use:

- Convenience shop – Industrial 1 Zone;
- Take away food premises - Industrial 1 Zone and Industrial 3 Zone; and
- Service Industry - Industrial 3 Zone (subject to conditions).

  • Change to Cl 52.06 (Car parking) to reduce car parking requirements for new uses of existing buildings in commercial areas and for land within walking distance of public transport on the Principal Public Transport Network (PPTN).
  • Under Clause 52.06, a permit is no longer required to reduce the required number of car parking spaces for a new use in an existing building, where:

- The building is in the C1Z, C2Z or ACZ;
- The gross floor area of the building is not increased;
- The reduction is 10 or less car parking spaces; and
- The building is not in a PO with a schedule that allows a financial
  contribution to be paid in lieu of the provision of spaces.

  • Column B rates apply to land on the Principal Public Transport Network. Most relevantly, this means there is no permit trigger to reduce visitor car parking. The Column B rates apply to the whole of the land, even if only part of the land is within the PPTN Area Maps.

At Glossop Town Planning we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver smart and effective planning solutions. If you would like further information on this Amendment, or have any queries with your project please contact the Glossop team on (03) 9329 2288.