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Planning scheme amendments

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.

Planning Scheme Amendment (GC45 and GC67)

A draft Planning Scheme Amendment was exhibited during the EES process. The Planning Scheme Amendment (GC45) was approved and published in the Government Gazette in January 2017.

A minor amendment to the planning scheme (GC67) was made in June 2017. This change included parts of the road reserve in the Project Land to facilitate construction of a new tram stop on Park Street, South Melbourne and utility relocation works in Bowen Lane.

Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website to view details of the approved Planning Scheme Amendment GC45 (external link) and Planning Scheme Amendment GC67 (external link). You can view Gazettes G1 (2017) and G23 (2017) on the Victorian Government Gazette website (external link).

Tunnels and Stations Planning Scheme Amendment (GC82)

Cross Yarra Partnership, the appointed tunnels and stations contractor, identified refinements to the design and construction of the tunnels and stations which will improve accessibility, reduce construction impacts and provide better outcomes for the delivery and operation of the Metro Tunnel.

A Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) was required for these changes. Changes were also required to the Design and Development Overlay to incorporate the design refinements to protect the tunnels and stations from future nearby developments.

The Planning Scheme Amendment (GC82) was approved and published in the Government Gazette on 26 June 2018.

Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website to view details of the approved Planning Scheme Amendment GC82 (external link). You can view Gazette S 302 (2018) on the Victorian Government Gazette website (external link).

The technical assessments and maps that supported Amendment GC82 are provided below to further explain the changes that have been implemented.

Proposed Rail Infrastructure and Rail Systems Planning Scheme Amendment (GC96)

To take full advantage of the extra capacity on the rail network created by the Metro Tunnel and its new High Capacity Metro Trains, a range of upgrades are needed on the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. This will include installation of next-generation signalling technology and upgrades to infrastructure.

The proposed upgrades to the rail network are generally located within the rail corridor and extend from Sunbury to South Kensington station in the west and from South Yarra to Cranbourne and Pakenham in the south east.

Work is also proposed between Epping and South Morang stations, along the Sandringham line between South Yarra station and Windsor station, and along the rail corridor within inner city areas to support the network upgrades.

View the draft PSA and supporting documentation.

Incorporated Documents

The construction and operation of project works 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 Incorporated Documents under the Planning Scheme Amendments (external link).

Design and Development Overlay

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

The new overlays mean that a planning permit is now required to undertake certain works in the vicinity of the Metro Tunnel alignment. For more information, including maps, see the Planning permit applications page.

Changes to the Design and Development Overlays

The Tunnels and Stations Planning Scheme Amendment (GC82) updates the Design and Development Overlay (DDO) maps based on refinements to the design and construction of the tunnels and stations.

These changes will further protect the Metro Tunnel infrastructure from future nearby developments.