The Victorian Government has launched a suite of digital planning tools called the Amendment Tracking System (ATS) which provides a centralised system that stores Victoria’s 82 planning schemes online.
The system allows councils and developers to lodge, pay for and track planning scheme amendment requests online, as well as enabling residents and developers to comment electronically on exhibited amendments.
The initiative is part of the Government’s Smart Planning reforms.
The Government has also released an online resource library with search tools on the Planning website for the discovery of current and archived planning documents.
Since it was last reformed 23 years ago, planning provisions and schemes have expanded significantly. The library now includes 75,000 pages across 7,000 documents, with an extra 15,000 maps.
The provision of this information in an accessible format is intended to help communities, councils and developers better understand the planning requirements in their area.
The Government will also deliver a new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) that integrates state and local planning policies, reducing duplication and conflicting policy.
The integrated PPF will strengthen planning policy, create a framework that is easier to navigate, ensure consistency, and simplify updates.
Local councils will be supported to integrate their local planning policies into the PPF over the next 12-18 months.