New Yarra River Protection Planning Controls

On 26 February 2017, the Victorian Government (Government) formally released the Yarra River Action Plan and the new Yarra River Protection Planning Controls (Yarra Controls) intended to protect the Yarra River from “inappropriate” development.  This follows a discussion paper, Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung), which was released for public consultation on 1 July 2016. Partner, Meg […]

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Andrews Government responses to the EPA Inquiry

On 18 January 2017, the Andrews Government formally released the much anticipated response to the findings from the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA).  The Inquiry was released in May 2016 and examined a range of matters relating to the EPA’s role, duties, powers and regulatory tools, the Victorian community and industry’s […]

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Abolition of GAIC exemptions for public purpose and infrastructure land mean higher costs for growth area developers

The Victorian Government has broadened the application of the Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) applicable to land in the Urban Growth Zone (UGZ) by repealing the current exemption clauses under section 201RF(a) and (b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (P&E Act) for lots created for a “utility installation” or “transport infrastructure or any […]

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New Infrastructure Contributions Plan system now in operation

The Victorian Government has introduced a new legislative framework for funding essential works and services in Metropolitan Greenfield Growth Areas under Part 3AB of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Act) and through the introduction of the Ministerial Direction on the Preparation and Content of Infrastructure Contribution Plans (Ministerial Direction). The Amending Legislation was introduced […]

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EPA Inquiry Report Released – Is the EPA destined for a significant overhaul?

The Victorian Government’s 10 months Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) concluded on 31 March 2016 and the findings of the Inquiry have now been released. The Inquiry was conducted by a three-person Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) and examined six key matters and ‘any other matter reasonable incidental to these matters’.  The six […]

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