The Darebin Planning Scheme is a document that guides land use and development decisions within the municipality to ensure a balance of social, economic and environmental needs. Changes to the planning scheme are known as amendments and can be initiated by the State Government, Council or by an individual. Common amendments include:
- Change of zone to allow different use of the land; or
- Introduction of a new Council policy
As part of the process there is community consultation on the proposed changes to the planning scheme, and submissions are invited. Issues raised in the submissions may not always be resolved and an independent panel may then appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider both the submissions and the amendment.
Information about Planning Schemes and the Planning Scheme Amendment process can be obtained from the Department of Planning and Community Development website via the following links: