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Corrections Amendment (Amendment C97)

Extract image of the Mount Alexander Shire planning zone and overlay mapping

Council is preparing a planning scheme amendment to correct errors and anomalies within the Mount Alexander planning scheme, which are associated with both the mapping (zoning and overlay) and ordinance of the planning scheme.

The amendment seeks to ensure that the planning scheme is accurate and up-to-date, that the mapping reflects the existing use and conditions of the land, and makes sure that where specific protection or requirements are necessary, this is done accurately through the use of overlays. The correction of these anomalies and minor errors will also contribute to the more effective operation and administration of the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

Background to Amendment C97

Council keeps a record of any anomalies and errors that are identified within the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme. The errors are identified either by landowners, or planning officers throughout assessment of planning permit applications. The most recent corrections amendment Council undertook was Amendment C77, which was published in the Government Gazette on 13 October 2016. Amendment C97 proposes to correct errors that have been identified since Amendment C77.

The majority of the errors and anomalies identified within the planning scheme are related to the application of the Heritage Overlay, and the properties listed in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay.

Some examples of corrections included within the amendment include:

• Properties lacking heritage overlay application in the mapping where it is required (i.e. where the property is listed in the Heritage Overlay schedule, but is not shown on the planning scheme mapping)
• Heritage overlay mapping is inaccurate (not consistent with property boundaries or buildings which are being protected)
• Heritage overlays no longer required where heritage building has been demolished and no longer exists
• Properties listed more than once in schedule (duplicates)
• Incorrect addresses (both street names and numbers) listed within the schedule
• Clerical errors within schedule
• Along the Calder Freeway area, deletion of Public Acquisition Overlay where the land has since been acquired (and road constructed), and application of the Road Zone Category 2.

What has occurred up until now?

Dates: Activity:
Meeting of Council on 20 April 2021 Council resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare a planning scheme amendment, delegate to the Manager Development Services the ability to prepare and submit background information (including planning scheme maps) to support the planning scheme amendment, and exhibit the planning scheme amendment following authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare the amendment.
20 December 2021 Council was notified that the Minister for Planning and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) authorised Council to proceed with the amendment, subject to conditions.
Friday 4 February 2022 until Friday 4 March 2022 The amendment was on public exhibition for a period of four weeks, during which submissions were received from the public.
Meeting of Council Tuesday 17 May 2022 The submissions received during the public exhibition period were considered at the Council meeting on Tuesday 17 May 2022, at which Council resolved to: consider all submissions made to Mount Alexander Planning Scheme Amendment C97malx in accordance with Section 22 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, accept two late submissions (late submission #1 and late submission #2) as allowed under Section 22(2) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, endorse the proposed changes to the amendment documentation in line with the officer recommendations, request the Minister for Planning to appoint a planning panel to consider all submissions to Amendment C97 in accordance with Section 23(1)(b) Planning and Environment Act 1987, and abandon part of the amendment in accordance with Section 28 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, in line with officer recommendations. You can access a copy of the Council Meeting 17 May 2022 minutes and attachments in the documentation list at the bottom of this page.
26 May 2022 An independent Planning Panel was appointed to the amendment.

Where are we now?

The amendment and the submissions received were referred to an independent Planning Panel for review and consideration. The panel has completed its report and provided recommendations - you can view the panel's report here.

The panel report will be considered at the Meeting of Council on Tuesday 20 December 2022.


Find out more information about the planning scheme amendment process.

Amendment C97malx documentation

The amendment documentation contains a list of the specific areas and properties affected by the amendment, including the current planning controls and the proposed changes, supported by justification for this.

Amendment documentation: What document contains:
Notice of Preparation of an Amendment An overview of the planning scheme amendment, and information on how to make a submission.
Explanatory Report The explanatory report explains the purpose, effect and strategic basis for the amendment.
Instruction Sheet Sets out the instructions for amendments in the planning scheme, specifically: - The planning scheme maps proposed to be amended, inserted or deleted. - The planning scheme clauses and schedules that are proposed to be amended, inserted or deleted.
Amendment map sheets Show the part of the overall planning scheme map being changed
Proposed Planning Scheme schedules Shows the planning scheme clauses and schedules proposed to be inserted, amended or deleted.
Attachment A ‘Land to which amendment applies’ A summary list of each property/address affected by the amendment, the error associated with the property, the relevant planning scheme zone or overlay reference proposed to be corrected, and how the error is proposed to be corrected.
Attachment B ‘Background Report’ Provides background information for each error/anomaly and information to support the proposed correction of this.
Attachment C 'Extract Council Meeting Minutes - 20 April 2021' Minutes for Council Meeting at which it was resolved to prepare the planning scheme amendment and exhibit amendment documentation.
Attachment D 'Map listings’ Contains: - The relevant map name - The planning scheme map number - What the map shows (i.e. deletion of an overlay/zone, or addition of an overlay/zone) - The relevant zone/overlay being proposed to be deleted or applied.
Attachment E ‘Department of Transport letter’ Support from the Department of Transport regarding the proposed zoning and overlay changes to the Calder Freeway and surrounds.
Attachment F 'Table of actions' Shows: - Current planning scheme mapping - Planning scheme mapping proposed as part of the amendment - Proposed planning scheme action


For further information on this project, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on (03) 5471 1700 or email

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