A more succinct and user-friendly Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) has been incorporated into the Boroondara Planning Scheme following the Victorian Government’s approval of Amendments C229 and C277.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jim Parke, said that the updated LPPF includes a new Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) and simplified Local Planning Policies.

“These amendments are significant to the Boroondara Planning Scheme. It incorporates the latest adopted strategic planning work undertaken by Council over many years,” Cr Parke said.

“The new MSS sets out planning principles for our City’s future and provides policy direction for our commercial areas, open space, housing and other key planning issues facing Boroondara.”

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) approved Amendment C229 subject to several changes which were inconsistent with the amendment adopted by Council on 22 August 2016.

“DELWP did not approve Council’s adopted Heritage Policy to reinforce period reproduction architecture on significant and contributory graded buildings. We are disappointed they have not supported our position on this matter,” Cr Parke said.

“Nonetheless, we are pleased the amendments have finally been approved. We now have a better articulated and more succinct Planning Scheme which clearly communicates what Council wants to achieve with respect to local land use and development outcomes. 

“The protection of neighbourhood character and local amenity from inappropriate development continue to be at the centre of Council’s planning policies.”