Changing the planning scheme

A planning scheme amendment is a process that seeks to change sections of the Corangamite Planning Scheme by implementing Council’s strategic projects and introducing planning policies that are up to date and best reflect Shire policies.

An amendment can include a change to a planning scheme map through the rezoning of land or the introduction of an overlay, a change to a written part of the scheme, including local policies, studies and strategies, or both.

While Council or State Government initiate most planning scheme amendments, they are also occasionally undertaken at the request of a landowner. Such requests must be able to demonstrate to Council adequate justification as to why an amendment should be prepared.   It is advisable to Contact a Planner about whether a proposal would be consistent with the future strategic directions for the municipality. Costs associated with such amendments apply to the landowner.

The process for changing a planning scheme is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and usually consists of the following steps:

  1. Requesting an amendment
  2. Authorisation
  3. Preparation
  4. Exhibition
  5. Submissions, panels & advisory committees
  6. Adoption
  7. Approval

For further information about the amendment process and the formal steps undertaken by Council to change Corangamite’s planning scheme follow the resource links below:

Current and recently completed amendments can be accessed via the links below.