Planning schemes set out policies and provisions for use, development and protection of land. Each local government area in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme.
Planning schemes are legal documents prepared by the local council or the Minister for Planning, and approved by the Minister. Planning schemes can apply to all private and public land in Victoria. A planning scheme is generally binding on all people and corporations, on every Minister, government department, public authority and local council.
The Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning publishes the Planning Scheme for the City of Casey.
What do planning schemes consist of?
A planning scheme is a document that has two main sections. The first outlines what we see as the future direction for land use and development in Casey. It also has policies on issues such as the environment, heritage buildings and car parking.
The second part of the planning scheme contains zones and overlays. Zones show you whether a property is for residential, industrial or business use. They detail what you are allowed to do on your land. Sometimes, local areas have special planning controls (known as overlays) such as areas of significant vegetation or special heritage significance. These controls are in addition to the zone controls and ensure that important aspects of the land are recognised.
Planning Policies & Strategies
Every planning scheme includes the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) and a Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF).
The SPPF provides State policies common to all Victorian municipalities.
The LPPF sets out local and regional strategic policy for the municipality. The LPPF includes a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) which is a concise statement of the key strategic planning, land use and development objectives for the municipality with related strategies and actions.
Local planning policies in the planning scheme implement objectives and strategies in the MSS.
The Planning and Environment Act 1987 allows certain documents to be incorporated in a planning scheme, rather than by including them in the scheme itself.
Documents incorporated into the Casey Planning Scheme are listed in the Schedule to Clause 81.01 of the planning scheme and can be found listed on Council's Policies and Strategies page.
Reference documents also have a role in decision-making but they are not part of the planning scheme and do not have the same status of incorporated documents.
They can be mentioned in the planning scheme as a source of useful background information. Examples of this in the Casey Planning Scheme include documents such as Development Plans and Cell Plans and can be found listed on Council's Policies and Strategies page.
Major change to the Casey Planning Scheme
The Minister for Planning has approved a major change to the Casey Planning Scheme that reinforces Council’s strategic land use and development vision for the municipality.
Amendment C250 to the Casey Planning Scheme amends the Local Planning Policy Framework of the Casey Planning Scheme by introducing a new Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) and a revised suite of local planning policies.
The new MSS articulates the strategic land use and development framework for Casey, providing a broad policy basis for making decisions about land use and development applications, and for protecting land with environmental values. The major strategic land use objectives were drawn from the Casey C21: A Vision for our Future strategy and its update, Casey C21: Building a Great City.
The central focus of both these strategies is the building and strengthening of communities in terms of physical planning and community development. It is a ‘whole-of- community’ approach incorporating social, economic and environmental needs. This approach is represented in the new MSS by the introduction of 17 local areas, complementing a range of social, economic and environmental themes.
Local planning policies help the Council and other users of the planning scheme to understand how particular land use objectives will be implemented by guiding decision-making.
The revised Local Planning Policy Framework was the culmination of comprehensive strategic planning processes involving extensive community engagement and the appraisal of an independent planning panel. It will take effect in the Casey Planning Scheme from 9 February 2017, the date of gazettal of Amendment C250.
Any questions on Amendment C250 or the Casey Planning Scheme can be directed to Council’s City Planning Department on 9705 5200.
Where can I get information about a planning scheme?
Planning schemes can be viewed on Planning Schemes Online, Planning Maps Online, Planning Certificates and Planning Property Reports provide property-based planning scheme information.
If you are interested to search planning scheme maps using a property address, Melways reference or lot and plan number, then you may be interested in using the Interactive Planning Maps Online service provided by the government website, Land Channel. You can Find a Property or Place by Street Address, Suburb or Town, Lot on Plan, Coordinates or Street Directory and get a Report with location details, planning zone summaries and more.
Getting information about planning schemes
If you require further information about your specific planning issues, please contact the City of Casey Planning Department.
Other useful links
Urban Growth Boundary
The boundary for the outward development of metropolitan Melbourne as determined by the Victorian Government
Maps of the City of Casey