After the introduction of the new residential zones on 1 July 2013, the new suite of commercial, industrial, mixed use and township zones were released on 15 July 2013. Unlike the residential zones, these new commercial and revised industrial zones have immediate effect. This means that the increased flexibility of many of the zones is now available. Full details are on the Department’s website.
On the back of these changes, the Minister also announced a full review of the State Planning Policy Framework. Not a lot of detail is available as yet, but key changes for the development industry will flow from the new Melbourne strategy currently being prepared. This review builds on other reforms such as VicSmart designed to simply the system and encourage development. Watch this space.
For information on how these changes may affect you, call our expert town planners on 1300 362 766 or visit our website.