Amendment C219 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme proposes to introduce permanent tree controls to protect existing and establishing trees and the landscape character of the municipality.
As per the Council meeting resolution of 16 March 2020 - view the Council Meeting minutes - Council has now written to the Minister for Planning to request a further extension of the interim tree controls (SLO9) which were due to expire on 30 June 2020.
This further extension will provide protection while the Minister considers Council’s request to approve Amendment C219, which seeks to apply SLO9 on a permanent basis. The interim controls still apply to all land included in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, General Residential Zone, Residential Growth Zone and Low Density Residential Zone that is not already covered by Schedules 1-8 of the Significant Landscape Overlay.
The interim controls and require landowners to obtain a permit to remove, destroy or lop a tree 5m or greater in height and/or with a trunk circumference of 1.0 metre at 1 metre from the ground.
If you are unsure if you require a permit, please contact Council’s Planning and Building Department on 9262 6303.
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.