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Metro Tunnel

Planning Scheme Amendment

Planning Schemes set out policies and provisions for the orderly use and development of private and public land. Each local government area in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme. The operation of planning schemes in Victoria is governed by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

A draft Planning Scheme Amendment was exhibited during the EES process. MMRA proposed to amend the Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Maribyrnong Planning Schemes to provide for the construction and operation of the project and protect the underground tunnels, stations and other infrastructure during the construction and operation of the Metro Tunnel.

The Planning Scheme Amendment has been approved and published in the Government Gazette in January 2017. You can view the Gazette G1 on the Victorian Government Gazette website (external link).

The construction and operation of the project will be facilitated by an Incorporated Document incorporated into each Planning Scheme. The Incorporated Document sets out the Project Land, the permitted project activities and the conditions that will need to be complied with.

Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website to view details of the Planning Scheme Amendment (external link).

Design and Development Overlay

A new schedule to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO) has been included in the relevant Planning Schemes to protect this critical infrastructure.

The new DDO provides an assessment process for the design and construction of certain types of new development near the Metro Tunnel. The objective of the DDO is to protect the underground tunnels, stations and other infrastructure during the construction and future operation of the Metro Tunnel.

The DDO will not preclude future development from taking place above or near the tunnels and stations, but rather ensure that such development is appropriately assessed so as to not affect the tunnel and stations. It also means that developers and decision-makers will consider the underground infrastructure early in designing and delivering future developments.