Each Council area in Victoria has its own planning scheme.
A planning scheme sets out policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land in that area. It is a legal document prepared by the local Council or the Minister for Planning, and approved by the Minister.
All land in Moreland is affected by the Moreland Planning Scheme. Visit the state government's Moreland Planning Scheme online for:
- maps of Moreland with zones and overlays
- information on the Planning Policy Framework (PPF) which sets out the objectives of planning in Victoria at a state, regional and local level. The PPF includes the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) and local polices.
A four year review of the Moreland Planning Scheme (MPS) was completed in mid-2018. This was required by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The review found that the MPS is operating well and significant improvements have been made in recent years.
Planning Scheme Amendments stages
As Moreland changes, our strategy and planning controls may also change. These changes must be reflected in the Moreland Planning Scheme.
The Moreland Planning Scheme sets out policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land in Moreland. All land in Moreland is affected by the Moreland Planning Scheme.
What is a Planning Scheme Amendment?
A change to the planning scheme is known as an amendment. The process for an amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Common amendments include a change of zone to allow different use of land or the implementation of new policy.
A planning scheme amendment can be initiated by any planning authority as specified by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. A planning authority is any Minister or agency that has been authorised by the Minister for Planning to prepare amendments. In most cases, the initiating planning authority would be a local Council, but it may be another Minister.
Anyone can ask a planning authority to prepare an amendment. If you do, you must be able to demonstrate to the planning authority (usually the Council) adequate justification as to why an amendment should be prepared. Council has to be certain that the amendment has planning merit and is consistent with the future strategic directions for the municipality.
There is no application form to request a planning scheme amendment. If you want to request an amendment you are encouraged to talk to contact us for more information about the process.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning also has more information about planning scheme amendments.
There are fees for requesting a planning scheme amendment. The Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016 specifies these fees. See Planning scheme amendment fees for details.
A council must apply to the Minister for authorisation to prepare an amendment.
The purpose of authorisation is to identify whether a proposed amendment is consistent with state policy or interests and to ensure it makes appropriate use of the Victorian Planning Provisions
The public consultation part of an Amendment is called Exhibition. The Planning and Environment Act outlines when and how notice of an Amendment needs to occur and how notice needs to be given.
Anyone can lodge a submission about an amendment. A submission may support the amendment, oppose the amendment, or suggest changes to the amendment. The Victorian Government has information on preparing a submission to a planning scheme amendment.
Your submission should be lodged before the closing date of the exhibition of the amendment so you have the opportunity to present your views to a panel (if one is appointed to consider submissions).
An independent panel may be appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider the submissions and the amendment. The Panel:
- reviews the submissions
- conducts a public hearing
- considers the amendment, and
- prepares an independent report with recommendations about the amendment for Council.
After the panel hearing, the Panel has 6 - 8 weeks to provide a report to Council with its recommendations on the amendment. Council has no obligation to adopt the panel's recommendations.
Once an amendment has gone through all the legal requirements of exhibition and has been adopted by Council, it is submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.
Once the Minister approves the amendment, it then becomes part of the Moreland Planning Scheme.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website has a list of approved Moreland Planning Scheme Amendments since July 2000
Planning scheme amendment fees
There are fees for requesting and preparing a planning scheme amendment. The Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations 2016 specifies these fees and uses fee units as a unit of measure. The value of the fee unit is adjusted each year by the State Government and published in the Government Gazette.
For fees related to planning permit applications, see planning fees.
Amendment administration and Panel fees
All costs associated with the administration of the planning scheme amendment including: advertising in the newspapers, Government Gazette and public notification of an amendment will be passed on to the proponent.
If an independent panel is required to hear submissions as a result of unresolved objections (submissions) to the amendment, the planning authority will pass onto the proponent the costs and expenses incurred for or by a panel in carrying out its functions in line with section 156 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
The cost of the Panel will depend on the number of days it sits and the number of Panel Members appointed.
Notes on fees
GST does not apply to statutory fees but applies to all other fees
Moreland Planning Scheme documents
Below are the most commonly used documents that:
- are referenced in the Moreland Planning Scheme, or
- relate to building and planning in some way.
As some of these documents date back a while, we can only provide the PDF version in some instances.
If you have trouble viewing any of these documents, contact us to arrange an appointment to view these documents at the Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg.
- Brunswick Structure Plan 2010 and addendum to the Brunswick Structure Plan 2012
- Coburg 2020 Structure Plan
- Coburg Activity Centre - Built Form Rationale and Building Envelope 2014 (PDF 9Mb)
- CSIRO Urban Stormwater Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines
- Development Guidelines for Merri Creek, MCMC 2004
- Early Years Strategy 2011-15 (DOC 447Kb)
- Edgars Creek Conservation and Development Plan, Edwardes Lake to Merri Creek, June 2013 (DOC 38Mb)
- Glenroy Structure Plan 2008 (Part 1 - Part 3)
- Later Years Strategy 2007-12 (PDF 766Kb)
- Livable Housing Design Guidelines, Livable Housing Australia
- Moreland Access and Inclusion Policy 2010-14 (DOC 132Kb)
- Moreland Activity Centre Framework 2014 (PDF 14Mb)
- Moreland Affordable Housing Strategy 2014-18 (DOC 4Mb)
- Moreland Art and Culture Strategy 2011-16 (DOC 1Mb)
- Moreland Climate Action Plan 2007 (PDF 1Mb)
- Moreland Economic Development Strategy 2011-16 (DOC 554Kb)
- Moreland Health and Well Being Plan (PDF 11Mb)
- Moreland Industrial Land Use Strategy 2004 (DOC 7Mb)
- Moreland Industrial Land Use Strategy 2004 - Appendix 1 (DOC 11Mb)
- Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (2010-2019)
- Moreland Integrated Water Management Plan 2010 (DOC 4Mb)
- Moreland Landscape Guidelines 2009 (DOC 1Mb)
- Moreland Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-17 (DOC 2Mb)
- Moreland Open Space Strategy 2012-22 (DOC 6Mb)
- Moreland Parking Management Policy 2011 (DOC 188Kb)
- Moreland Rights of Way Strategy 2011-21 (DOC 3Mb)
- Moreland Stormwater Targets - Stormwater Quality Targets for the City of Moreland, AECOM and the City of Moreland 2012 (PDF 19Mb)
- Moreland Tree Planting Manual for Residential Zones 2014 (DOC 166Kb)
- Moreland Urban Forest Strategy 2017-27 (DOC 20Mb)
- Moreland Vehicle Crossing (Driveway) Policy 2010 (DOC 3Mb)
- Parking Implementation Plan (PDF 3Mb)
- Pentridge Coburg Design Guidelines and Masterplan 2014 (PDF 21Mb)
- Pentridge Village Design Guidelines and Masterplan 2009 (PDF 32Mb)
- Tramway Infrastructure Upgrades 2017 (PDF 3Mb)
- Design and development overlay 10 - Brunswick Road, Nicholson Street, Barkly Street Development Precinct Height and Massing Study, Rothe Lowman for EG Funds Management, June 2010 (PDF 2Mb)
- Development plan overlay documents and information on the former Kodak site, 173-199 Elizabeth Street, Coburg North (PDF 23Mb)
- Design and Development Overlay 16 - Urban Design Framework 14-22 Gaffney Street, Coburg North June 2013 (PDF 2Mb)
Former City of Coburg heritage studies
- City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Guidelines for Public Works in Heritage Conservation Areas, Author: Timothy Hubbard (PDF 2Mb)
- City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Volume 3 - Data Sheets, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, October 1990 (PDF 4Mb)
- City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Extract, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, March 1991 (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Coburg - Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Building Guidelines, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, March 1991 (PDF 537Kb)
- Further Conservation Areas Report (supplementary Volume to City of Coburg Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study), Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, May 1995 (PDF 2Mb)
- City of Coburg - Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Volume One - Text, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, October 1990 (PDF 17Mb)
- City of Coburg - Heritage Conservation and Streetscape Study - Volume Two - Data sheets, Author: Timothy Hubbard P/L, October 1990 (PDF 13Mb)
Former City of Brunswick heritage studies
- Upfield Railway Heritage Study, Author: Andrew C Ward and Associates, May 1990 (PDF 1Mb)
- Keeping Brunswicks Heritage (Volume 1), Author: Context P/L, 1990 (PDF 2Mb)
- Keeping Brunswicks Heritage (Volume 2), Author: Context P/L, 1990 (PDF 11Mb)
- Keeping Brunswicks Heritage (Volume 3), Author: Context P/L, 1990 (PDF 3Mb)
- Brunswick Maps of Heritage Areas, Author: City of Brunswick, 1988 (PDF 1Mb)
Former City of Moreland heritage studies
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Thematic History (Volume 1), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Building Citations Datasheets A-K (Volume 2, Part 1), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 4Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Building Citations Datasheets L-Z (Volume 2, Part 2), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 4Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Heritage Overlay Precincts (Volume 3), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, April 1998 (Revised January 1999) (PDF 3Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Heritage Overlay Guide (Volume 4), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, January 1999 (PDF 230Kb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Landscape Citations (Volume 5), Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, January 1999 (PDF 1Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Additional Heritage Overlay Precincts, Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, September 2001 (PDF 10Mb)
- City of Moreland Heritage Review - Additional Building Citations, Author: Allom Lovell and Associates, October 2001 (DOC 12Mb)
- Moreland Local Heritage Places Review, Author: Context P/L, November 2004 (amended April 2008) (DOC 2Mb)
All past amendments can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) website