11 May 2012 – The Victorian Government said today it had slashed red tape for planning. Key measures involved:
- Reform of the planning scheme amendment (rezoning) process – reducing the number of steps and the length of time involved
- A code assessment track for simple, low-impact permit applications
- Reform zones and planning provisions to simplify complex and lengthy regulations
- A review of the Farming Zone to give more flexibility to Victoria’s farmers and rural communities
- An increase in performance accountability for local councils and state referral authorities.
The Victorian Planning System Ministerial Advisory Committee received 547 written submissions, and held meetings with over 130 individuals, groups, associations, peak bodies and local councils during 2011, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said.