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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 by Council, and Council resolved to refer submissions to an independent Planning Panel.
26 May 2022 An independent Planning Panel was appointed to the amendment.
12 August 2022 The Planning Panel report was received.
Meeting of Council Tuesday 20 December 2022 The Planning Scheme Amendment was adopted by Council.
4 January 2023 The adopted Planning Scheme Amendment was submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Where are we now?

Following the receipt of the Planning Panel report in August 2022, the amendment was adopted at the Council Meeting on 20 December 2022.

On 4 January 2023, the Strategic Planning unit submitted the adopted amendment documentation to the Minister for Planning for their approval. The Minister has 40 business days to make a decision on the amendment, and if it is approved, the amendment will then be gazetted and incorporated into the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

Step 7 Approval

Find out more information about the planning scheme amendment process.


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

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