Transport and land-use planning

Information on amendments related to transport, including state transport project delivery, a new transport zone, and state planning policy for transport.

Amendment VC200: State transport projects delivery

On 17 February 2022, Amendment VC200 made the Minister for Planning the Responsible Authority for planning permit applications made by the Head, Transport for Victoria, or the Secretary of the Department of Transport.
The requirements for these applications are specified in new clause 53.21 (State transport projects) in the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes.
The amendment also exempts specified land use and development for state transport projects from planning scheme requirements.
The changes were made to facilitate the delivery of state transport projects.

Amendment VC205: A new Transport Zone

On 20 January 2022, VC205 introduced a new Transport Zone to replace the Road Zone and Public Use Zone 4. Planning provisions are now consistent for all transport land, reflecting planning for a Transport System rather than for individual modes.

VC205 The changes updated Clause 52.29 (Land Adjacent to the Principal Road Network) to reference the new terminology. Amends Clause 66.03 (Referral of permit application under other state standard provisions) to reference the new Transport Zone.

The amendment makes changes to 2385 planning scheme maps and 288 local schedules in 69 planning schemes, to reflect the update.

View clause 36.04 (Transport Zone)(opens in a new window)

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Amendment VC204: Updates to state planning policy for transport

Victoria’s transport needs are changing. We need to plan for increased movement of people and goods and deliver critical infrastructure and jobs via our transport system.

Delivering integrated transport and land-use planning will ensure our cities and regions are efficient, liveable, and well placed to face these contemporary challenges.

On 9 December 2021, VC204 updated the state planning policy to support a more integrated transport system that is simpler and provides certainty for decision-makers, infrastructure providers, and the community.

The changes updated clause 18 (Transport) provisions in the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes. The amendment also made consequential changes to clauses 66.02, 65.01, and 65.02.

The new provisions ensure land use planning decisions are made using clear and up-to-date information about state transport policy and the transport system, including the vision and objectives of the Transport Integration Act 2010.
The Act puts the transport user and how they move, rather than individual transport modes at the centre of the transport system.
Transport policy has been updated to include the relevant strategies and policies that have been developed by the Department of Transport and its predecessors.
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