Whitehorse City Council

Amendment C130

Whitehorse City Council prepared Amendment C130 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme. The amendment introduced a new Clause 22.10 Environmentally Sustainable Development local policy into the Local Planning Policy Framework and updated Clause 21.05 Environment to reference environmentally sustainable development. The Minister for Planning approved Amendment C130 and it came into effect on 19 November 2015. This marked the end of a six year process to get an environmentally sustainable development local planning policy into the Whitehorse Planning Scheme.

The new local planning policy will ensure that developers consider environmentally sustainable development early on in the building process for both residential and non-residential buildings.

Amendment C130 was concurrently on exhibition with Amendment C73 to the Banyule Planning Scheme, Amendment C71 to the Moreland Planning Scheme, Amendment C97 to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, Amendment C177 to the Stonnington Planning and Amendment C133 to the Yarra Planning Scheme. The concurrent exhibition of the six amendments was at the request of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. While the objectives of the new policy are the same, the Policy Basis, Application Requirements and Reference Documents were tailored by each council to reflect local variations in development type. Each council also made consequential amendments to other parts of their planning schemes in line with the new policy.
Whitehorse City Council considered 28 submissions on Amendment C130 at its meeting on 15 July 2013 where it resolved to request the Minister for Planning to appoint a panel to hear all submissions and consider the Amendment. A summary of the issues raised in submissions and Council’s response to the submissions can be found in the minutes from that meeting.

The Minister for Planning appointed a combined Panel and Advisory Committee (PAC) to consider the six Amendments and issues beyond the planning system to make broader recommendations regarding the building system and other relevant legislation as detailed in the Terms of Reference. The PAC recommended that Amendment C130 be adopted with the recommended changes. This recommendation was a significant milestone in a process first initiated in 2009 by the six Councils to improve environmentally sustainable development outcomes in the planning system. 


More information  

Amendment C130 documents:

pdf icon  Amendment C130 Clause 21.05 With Track Changes Approved.pdf (48.21kB)
pdf icon  Amendment C130 Clause 22.10 Approved.pdf (42.50kB)
pdf icon  Amendment C130 Explanatory Report Approved.pdf (55.89kB)
pdf icon  Amendment C130 Instruction Sheet Approved.pdf (7.62kB)
pdf icon  Amendment C130 Comparison of Application Requirements by Council.pdf (25.64kB)

How does the the sustainability assessment process work? 
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Sustainable Assessment Process (104.08kB)

What do you need to submit based on your application type?
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How do you prepare the required documents? 
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Sustainable Design Assessment – Small to Medium Developments
ESD Management Plan and Green Travel Plan – Large Developments

Sustainable Building Categories
For more information about each of the sustainable building categories, visit www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ESD-FAQs.html

For further information about Amendment C130 please contact Andrea Skraba on 9262 7586 or Council’s ESD Officer on 9262 7588 (Thursdays only).

Any personal information you may include in any submission to Council on the Amendment is collected for planning purposes in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The public may view the submissions whilst the Amendment is being considered. In accordance with the “Improving Access to Planning Documents” Practice Note dated December 1999, a copy of your submission may be made available upon request. If you fail to provide this information your comments may not be considered. You may access this information by contacting Council on 9262 6303.