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Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme controls land use and development within the municipality.  It contains State and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme indicates if a planning permit is required to establish a new use of land, to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

The Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) contains planning policies and statements about how decisions will be made, and provides guidance on issues of local significance.

The LPPF contains a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) which establishes the strategic planning framework for the City and captures significant planning directions (ie. greenfield growth areas, city centre renewal, protection of key environmental assets, etc).  The MSS is dynamic and should be continually refined as Council revises its strategic directions.

The MSS and LPPF are informed by a number of Council strategies and policies including the Council Plan (2013-2017), Health and Wellbeing Plan, City-Wide Housing Strategy, Retail Strategy, Industrial Land Use Strategy, Warrnambool Open Space Strategy, to name a few.

Council has completed a review of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme.  The objectives of the project were to:

• Ensure the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) is consistent with, and is underpinned by the structure and themes at the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) level.
• Determine whether new policies need to be prepared to implement adopted Council strategies and policies.
• Provide a draft revised Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), LPPF and land use planning controls (ie. zones and overlays).

On 2 February 2015, Council endorsed the final report for the Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project. 

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite final report will be implemented by a staged approach.  The first stage amended the planning scheme to revise the Local Planning Policy Framework, and included a new Municipal Strategic Statement (Amendment C93).

For further information or updates, please contact Julie Glass on (03) 5559 4836 or by email jglass [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au.

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