Planning refers to the decisions that affect everyday life and change the environment. Council makes most of the planning decisions that affect its region. For example, it decides whether or not to grant a planning permit for a new use or development, and what permit conditions are appropriate.

Planning Schemes in Victoria must seek to achieve the objectives of planning in Victoria as set out in Section 4(1) of the Planning & Environment Act 1987. These objectives are:

  • To provide for the fair, orderly, economic and sustainable use and development of land.
  • To provide for the protection of natural and man-made resources and the maintenance of ecological processes and genetic diversity.
  • To secure a pleasant, efficient and safe working, living and recreational environment for all Victorians and visitors to Victoria.
  • To conserve and enhance those buildings, areas or other places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historical interest, or otherwise of special cultural value.
  • To protect public utilities and other assets and enable the orderly provision and coordination of public utilities and other facilities for the benefit of the community.
  • To facilitate development in accordance with the objectives set out in the points above.
  • To balance the present and future interests of all Victorians.

Much of the building and development in the Shire can only be carried out once a permit has been granted. The permit application process ensures that any development is safe, meets statutory requirements, and contributes to the overall character of the area in which it occurs in a positive way, without detriment to those who live nearby.

Council employs a range of professionals who support, inform and educate, inspect and assess all building and development, prior to and during the construction process.

Last updated: 06 July 2012