Function VF 186
Planning schemes (to 1988)
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    Preparation, amendment, administration and enforcement of planning schemes and interim development orders by the Town and Country Planning Board (VA 516) from 1944 to ? 1988

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    Statutory planning in the Melbourne Metropolitan area which was administered by the MMBW from 1949-1985 and the Minister for Planning and central agencies responsible for planning functions from 1985-ct
    planning to 1988
    - advising the Minister whether or not schemes and scheme amendments prepared by municipalities should be approved and gazetted (Town and Country Planning Board VA 516)
    - approval and gazettal of planning schemes and interim development orders

    Planning responsibilities of municipalities : administration and enforcement of the provisions or sections of the provisions of schemes including consideration and determination of planning permit applications and ensuring compliance with the planning controls and the conditions attached to planning consent. This aspect of the function usually administered by local councils.

    Statutory planning for Geelong Region

    Statutory planning for Westernport Region

    Planning post 1988

 
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Background

From 1922 to 1929 the Metropolitan Town Planning Commission (VA 3131), financed partly by Melbourne metropolitan municipalities and partly by contributions from the Railways, Tramways, Harbour Trust, and the Board of Works, operated in an advisory and honorary capacity. Its work included research and recommendations on urban development and town planning. Its 1929 report (concerning zoning, transport, recreation, harbours and rivers, building regulation, and conservation) provided a model for those urging government to enact a statutory planning regime and for those municipalities undertaking land use zoning up to 1944.

As part of postwar reconstruction, the Commonwealth prompted the States to undertake both town and regional planning. In Victoria, town planning functions were set up on a statutory basis administered through the Town and Country Planning Board (T&CPB) (VA 516). Regional planning (cf. regional development) was carried out through the State Regional Boundaries Committee and subsequently by the Central Planning Authority.

The work of the T&CPB in the preparation, amendment, administration and enforcement of planning schemes and interim development orders included:

co-ordinating and advising planning authorities responsible for developing and administering statutory planning schemes, and

advising the Minister whether or not schemes and scheme amendments prepared by municipalities and other planning authorities should be approved and gazetted.

The Development of Strategic Planning 1968 to 1988

After the overhaul of state planning legislation in 1968 the functions undertaken by the Town and Country Planning Board were broadened to include

the co-ordinated development of statewide general land use planning policies to provide effective guidance for the preparation of statutory planning schemes and co-ordination of planning mechanisms available to various government agencies and statutory authorities

preparation of Statements of Planning Policy with the assistance of the State Planning Council, later the State Co-ordination Council. These bodies consisted of representatives of various service, development and conservation authorities and were to develop broad scale, strategic land use policy and produce statements of planning policy for specific areas or types of land use which when approved by the Minister and gazetted, became government policy and legally binding on both councils and regional authorities. Statements of Planning Policy which came into operation were:

Statement of Planning Policy 1 (Westernport) 1970 (varied 1976)
Statement of Planning Policy 2 (Mornington Peninsula) 1970
Statement of Planning Policy 3 (Upper Yarra Valley and Dandenongs)
1971 (varied 1979)
Statement of Planning Policy 4 (Yarra River) 1971 (varied 1979)
Statement of Planning Policy 5 (Highway Areas) 1973
Statement of Planning Policy 6 (Land Use and Aerodromes) 1973
Statement of Planning Policy 7 (Geelong) 1973
Statement of Planning Policy 8 (Macedon Ranges and Surrounds) 1975
Statement of Planning Policy 9 (Central Gippsland) 1975

It was envisaged that regional planning authorities established under the post-1968 legislation would operate in most, if not all, the regions of Victoria. It was also envisaged that the Statements of Planning Policy would provide the guidelines for regional authorities to develop regional planning schemes (statutory) to be administered by local municipalities. However most of those regional planning authorities which were established were given primarily a strategic planning role rather than a statutory planning role.

 
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- 1981 Town and Country Planning Board VA 516
1981 - 1983 Department of Planning VA 599
1983 - cont Ministry for Planning and Environment VA 1024
 
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- 1958 Public Works VRG 28
1958 - 1973 Local Government I VRG 57
1973 - cont Planning I VRG 65