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Last Updated 9/7/17

 

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State Government's "Smart Planning":  First The Disaster Of Expanded VicSmart, And Now It's Changing The Victoria Planning Provisions.  A Survey, Such As It Is, closes 10 July

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Landscape Assessment Study - Central Victoria

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Localised Planning Statement  

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Rural Living Strategy

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Villawood

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Amendments (Planning Scheme)

 

       
         

Concern Mounts At Macedon Ranges Council's Growing Habit Of Changing Its Planning Scheme To Fit Individual Development Proposals

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Amendment C8  (Residential & Industrial Land)

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Amendment C21  & C48 (Rural Land)

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2000 Missing Lots on Planning Scheme Maps

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Amendment C26 (Wildfire Mgt Overlay)

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Amendment C33 (Heritage)

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Amendment C38 (Gisborne DPO)

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Amendment C39 (Towns' DPO & various)

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Amendment C40 (Nth Woodend Depot)

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Amendment C45  (Braemar & 1000 Lots, Golf Course Hill Woodend)

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Braemar: A Trojan Horse

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Amendment C47 (Mixed Use Woodend & various)

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Amendment C49 (Riddells Creek)

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Amendment C52 (Macedon House)

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Amendment C55 (Delete permit & referral req.)

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Amendment C59 (Gisborne ODP)  now Amendment C67

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Amendment C62 (MSS Review - removes Statement of Planning Policy No 8 from MRSC scheme)

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Hello, Hello, Hello - Where Did Statement Of Planning Policy No. 8 Go?

 

Amendment C64 (MRSC Gaming Policy)

 

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Amendment C72  (Kyneton Racecourse Masterplan - Exhibited)

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Amendment C74 (Heritage overlay changes, without public exhibition)

 

 

Amendment C76 (Heritage)

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Amendment C78 (Heritage)

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Amendment C84 (MSS & LPP 'Update' and MR Settlement Strategy)

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Pigs Still Flying and Council Still Lying About Amendment C84

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Brazen As You like, Council Lies Again To The Community - If Not The Minister For Planning

 

Amendment C84: Getting Riddell Right Calls For Community Help To Have Minister For Planning Intervene

 

Amendment C84:  The Diabolical, Dysfunctional And Direction-Changing Amendment Is Back

 

Interim Panel Report Confirms It's A Dog's Breakfast

Amendment C89  (errors and anomalies)

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Council Does Everything It Can To Avoid The Scrutiny Of An Independent Panel

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Amendment C92 (Macedon Restructure Overlay)

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Structure Plan Amendments

       
 

Council To Go With Panel Recommendations for Woodend, Kyneton and Riddells Creek "Structure Plans" Growth endorsed, more development added - based on Council's shonky population figures, the towns and SHIRE don't have enough land for residential development!  How much is "enough" - we already had enough for 16,000 extra people?

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Amendment C98  Woodend Structure Plan (2015)

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Macedon Ranges Council does Villawood another favour in its 16 December 2015 motion sending Woodend Structure Plan amendment C98 to a Panel.

       

Amendment C99 Kyneton Structure Plan (2015)

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MAJOR ALERT FOR KYNETON RESIDENTS - Council Meeting 16 December In Woodend   Development Plan cooked up by Council and the Developer (no community consultation) up for approval:  341 lots, from 200 m2, south of Campaspe River  

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Amendment C100 Riddells Creek Structure Plan (2015)

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Amendment C103 Kyneton former pool site (2015)

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Amendment C105  Kyneton Special Use Zone (2015)

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Amendment C107  Woodend Commercial Rezoning (2015)

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(2/11/15)  Uh-oh...  What's Going On With The Amendment C107 Commercial Rezoning In Woodend?

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Amendment C110  Rural Living Land-grab (2015/2016)

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Dire News:  C110 gets the go-ahead from Panel, and Council

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Reminder:  Council's C110 Rural Living Land-Grab Amendment  Submissions Close December 23  Amendment C110 - the disgrace Macedon Ranges Shire Council calls planning.  Just a couple of lines from you objecting to and asking for C110 to be abandoned will do. 

       

Council's "From Outer-Space" Rural Living 'Strategy':  Amendment C110 Is Now On Exhibition.  Submissions Due 23 December

       
         
Amendment C114 and Amendment C115 (Macedon and Mount Macedon Design Guidelines)        

Amendments C114 (Macedon) and C115 (Mount Macedon).  These are Implementing "Design Guidelines" To Protect Character??   Not on your nelly!  Zero front setbacks, two storey development, no preferred character, planning requirements able to be waived by council, street trees a minor consideration - in both towns - and McDonalds and 'pole signs' at Mount Macedon Submissions close 30 January, 2017. 

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Davies Hill / Villawood

 

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Macedon Ranges Council does Villawood another favour in its 16 December 2015 motion sending Woodend Structure Plan amendment C98 to a Panel.

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Woodend Community Prevails As Council Rejects Villawood's Latest Development Proposal On 7 to 1 Vote

 

 

Accountability & Corruption In Planning

Accountability & Corruption In Planning

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Planning Goes Backward As Council Abandons Planning Committee Meetings

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EnviroJustice (Environment Defenders' Office - EDO)

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 Fire (Link)

Heritage

Heritage And Urban Design Survey - Have Your Say 

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Mt. William Wurundjeri Green Stone Axe Quarry Tours

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Macedon Ranges

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Avenues of Honour & Woodend Avenue

VicRoads: Bluestone Cottage

Woodend

Council's Draft Heritage Review (Stage One)

State (& Federal)

 

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Review Of State Heritage Planning Controls

Fresh Calls And Pressure For Heritage Planning Overhaul In Victoria

 

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Federal

National Heritage Crisis - An Urgent Call For Assistance

Federal Productivity Commission

National Trust

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Houses in Rural Zones

Dwelling Applications & Approvals In Rural Zones

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VCAT Sets Bar High For Houses In Water Catchments With "Rozen Decision":  That's A "Well Done"

VCAT approves a 4 house application (Rozen case)

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VCAT Overturns C48 Rural Land Policies (Puican case)

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Council Rural Dwellings and Subdivision Policy

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Push For Houses On All Rural Lots / "Keatings' Meeting"

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"Fair Go" Farmers Show Their Hand

Real Estate Agencies' Revival Meeting Rolls Into Kyneton 30 May

         

Housing

Median House Prices

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Planning Applications

Animals

Council "Yes" To Dogs In Romsey Residential Zone Disintegrates Into VCAT "No"

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Bendigo Bank, Romsey

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Cobaw Live Bird Hunting Ranch (Rural)

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Freeway Service Centres, Gisborne South (Rural)

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Gisborne Call Centre (AAMI)

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Gisborne AAMI Call Centre:  FOI Reveals State Govt's Pivotal Role In 'Making It Happen'

 

 

 

Macedon Lodge  (Lloyd Williams)

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Petrol Stations

 

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 Woodend Residents Win VCAT Case Against Coles Express Petrol Station

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Coles Takes Woodend Petrol Station Refusal To VCAT 

 

Coles "Consults" Woodend About New Petrol Station and Convenience Store On Narrow Steep Land At Town Entry

Resorts

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Macedon 'Something' Resort (Lawson Road) (Rural)

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Restaurants

Clock & Beaver, Macedon

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McDonalds, Gisborne

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Retirement Villages

5 Storey, Gisborne

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Macedon House, Gisborne (Rural)

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Macedon House (People First) Proposal In Gisborne Raises Its Ugly Head Again

Floodplain, Mt. Macedon Road, Woodend (Rural)

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Woodend Estates.  Woodend... What?!   Is This A Retirement Village - Or Just A Whopping 300 Unit Residential Development Come Resort In A Rural Zone?

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School

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Tye Estate (Rural): Candlebark School

   

Sheds

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Signs

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Subdivisions

Gisborne

1005 lots & DP, Brooking Rd, Gisborne

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Helensville, Gisborne

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Macedon Ranges Council Is Giving Away Free Lots!!!

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Riddells Creek

181 lot, Sutherlands Rd,. Riddells Creek

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Romsey

4 lot Gordon Cres Romsey

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Woodend

Villawood

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Uh--oh.  A Resignation From Villawood: What's going on with Stuart Bonnington?

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Woodend Community Prevails As Council Rejects Villawood's Latest Development Proposal On 7 to 1 Vote

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Braemar / Villawood / Golf Course Hill / 1000 lots

Braemar: A Trojan Horse

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Who is behind Golf Course Hill?

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Supermarkets

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Woodend

Coles Takes Woodend Petrol Station Refusal To VCAT 

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Coles "Consults" Woodend About New Petrol Station and Convenience Store On Narrow Steep Land At Town Entry

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Riddells Creek

       

Amendment C84: Getting Riddell Right Calls For Community Help To Have Minister For Planning Intervene

 

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Getting Riddell Right Gets VCAT Determination Overturned By Supreme Court

 

 

How, And  Why, Was The Riddells Creek Supermarket Rescission Motion Refused?

Riddells Creek Supermarket:  'Getting Riddell Right' Becomes Getting Riddell Right Inc - Now An Incorporated Association

Telecommunication Facilities

Mt. Gisborne Telstra tower

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Units

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Application For 29 Dwellings (yes, 29) On 7,000 Sqm  In Calthorpe Street, Gisborne 

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Yay!  Macedon Over-Development Rolled By VCAT

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Mammoth Development Proposal At Macedon: VCAT hearing extended

Macedon Community Asks For Support With VCAT Case Costs Against Victoria Street Over-Development Application

 

Gross Over Development Proposal Turns Extreme-Fire-Risk Macedon Into Downtown Melbourne

 

20 Two Storey Units On A Floodplain In Woodend - Almost 1,000 Sign Petition Saying 'No'

Unlawful Riding School, Kyneton

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Planning Backlash

Planning Backlash: Are you looking at www.marvellousmelbourne.org?

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Planning Backlash Activities

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The Big Population Debate: Robert Doyle v Kelvin Thomson,  Monday 13th October, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Planning Backlash Affiliates Successful At 2008 Council Elections

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Planning: Council

Guidelines

Council's Industrial Design G'lines Out For Public Comment Until 7 January

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Outline Development Plans (ODP) / Structure Plans

(13/10/15)  Thought Amendments C98 (Woodend), C99 (Kyneton) and C100 (Riddells Creek) Are Implementing Each Town's Structure Plan?  Think Again   Residents must make submissions to Council requesting their Structure Plans replace what's in these amendments by October 23.

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Gisborne

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Kyneton

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High Alert For Kyneton Area:  “Draft Framework Plan – Kyneton South Investigation Area, May 2017”  Is Kyneton Being Set Up To Double In Size?   Submissions close June 23

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MRRA Submission on Kyneton South Framework Plan

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Macedon / Mt. Macedon

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 Council Strikes At The Heart Of The Ranges With Its Latest Hare-Brained "Economic" Plans For Macedon and Mount Macedon  Keep it "small scale" at Mount Macedon?  Deleted before the council meeting.

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Community Action Required  Macedon and Mount Macedon Development Design Guidelines Out For Community Comment Until Sunday 5th June  Mt. Macedon "commercial" area is expanded, and you are going to have to love the word "should" to think these guidelines mean (or do) anything good at all. 

 

     
         

Mt. Macedon Village Centre Study - Adoption Of Study And Subsequent Amendment Deferred Until More Work And Consultation Done

 

Mt. Macedon Village Study Up For Adoption At Council Meeting, Wednesday 17th December

 

Riddells Creek

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Romsey

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Woodend

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(2/11/15)  Uh-oh...  What's Going On With The Amendment C107 Commercial Rezoning In Woodend?

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UPDATE  Woodend Township Structure Plan - Cr. Letchford Withdraws Rescission Motion

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Cr. Letchford Lodges Rescission Motion to Overturn Woodend Structure Plan Adoption

 

 

Council Stabs The Woodend Structure Plan - And Community - In The Back

'Settle Woodend' Group Holds Community Meeting On Woodend Structure Plan And Amendment C84

Overlays

Development Plan Overlay (DPO)

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Wildfire Management Overlay (WMO)

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Restructure Overlay

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Macedon / Mt. Macedon Restructure Overlay:  Council Fail #2 -  Never Take 'No' For An Answer

The Great 2012 Macedon/Mt. Macedon Restructure Overlay Fail

Planning Permit Activity

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Permit Register: Greenlight

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Policies / Strategies

Cash-In-Lieu of Parking Policy

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Housing Strategy

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Residential Subdivision Guidelines (Council)

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Rural Dwellings and Subdivision Policy

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Rural Living Strategy

 

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Council's "In The Rural Living Zone".  Well, It's Some Sort Of Zone But More Like One From Outer Space...  MRRA Submission

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Council's Carve-It-Up Rural Living Strategy Out For (Selective) Comment

 

Small Towns Strategy

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Urban Design Framework

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Population

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Settlement Strategy

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Villawood Amendment  Comes Before Council 28 September

   

MR Settlement Strategy Gets The Nod But Only From 6 Of 9 Councillors 

When's A Public Meeting Not A Public Meeting?  When It's In Macedon Ranges Shire...

Community Meeting On Settlement Strategy, 7.30pm 13 July, Woodend: BE THERE

Woodend Betrayed By Changes To Settlement Strategy

Council's Settlement Strategy: Submissions Extended Until End Of January 2011

Macedon Ranges' Settlement Strategy Out For Consultation Until December 17th

MR Settlement Strategy: Is Macedon Ranges Making The Decisions, Or The State Government?

Suburbanization

'Basic' Clarkefield: Push For Ad Hoc New Town By Cr. Geoff Neil Underscores Potential For Suburban Future

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Planning - Federal Government

Change And Continuity In Peri Urban Australia

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Planning In Other Places

Colac Otway Councillors Sacked

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Planning in NSW

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Port Campbell 

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Glenelg Shire Planning Powers Suspended

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Planning: State

         

State Government Finalizes New Rules For Wind Energy Facilities

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MRRA Meets With Minister For Planning, Matthew Guy, June 22

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State Government Sets Up Peri Urban Planning Unit Within Department

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DPCD Orders The 'MACEDON RANGES POLICY' Removed From Our Planning Scheme

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'Committee For Melbourne' Thinks Macedon Ranges Is The Place For A Suburb

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Aged Care

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Amendments - State

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Auditor-General

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Building

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Call In Powers - Ministerial

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Car Parking

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Coastal

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Committee For Melbourne

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Contamination/Contaminated Land

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Cutting Red Tape

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"Moving Forward": Cash for Regional Planning

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DACs [Development Assessment Committees]

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Department Notices

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Design (see Urban Design)

Energy

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Environmental Regulations, review of [VCEC]

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Exemptions

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Fire

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State Govt Introduces Sweeping Changes To Bushfire Planning Provisions In Amendment VC83

New Regulations For Bushfire Prone Areas In Force From 8 September 2011

Future Farming - Rural Farming Group

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Height Controls

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Helicopter Landing Sites

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Housing

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DPCD Shows Why The 'Median' House Price Depends On Who You Listen To

Industrial

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Interventions

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Land & Biodiversity in a time of climate change

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Landscape

 

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MRRA Submission  Landscape Assessment Study: Round 2 

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Urgent Action Required  Central Victoria Landscape Assessment Study:  Community Help Needed To Get This Right.  Comments Close 19th April.

       

State Government Wants Photos And Comments On Landscape Values By March 1, 2015

 

 

Legislation

 

 

Environmental Effects Act

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Planning & Environment Act Review 2009

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Transport

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Other

 

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Liquor

VC79 Amendment Changes State Planning Rules For Liquor Outlets

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Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan

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Loss of Rights & Powers

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Federal Funding Seems A Welcome Excuse For Victorian Government To Dismantle Proper And Orderly Planning

State Government Tries To Gag Planning Objections By Making People Pay To Object

Melbourne 2030

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Metropolitan Planning Strategy

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"Metropolitan Strategy" Discussion Paper, Briefing

Plan Melbourne 2016

       

Plan Melbourne Refresh - Discussion Paper Out For Comments Until Friday 18 December  It's not just about Melbourne, it's also about "peri-urban" Macedon Ranges too.  

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Planning Fees

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Planning System Review, 2011

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State Government Calls For Input On Review Of Victorian Planning System

Policy Reviews

Retail Policy

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Practice Notes

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Regional Strategic Plans

State Govt's Regional Strategic Plan Puts Growth Agenda In Place For Macedon Ranges: Council Endorses Plan Without Community Consultation

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ResCode

 

 

Council Votes To Call On The Minister For Planning To Introduce A RURAL ResCode

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Clause 56 Review

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Residential Zones

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Rural Residential

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Rural Zones

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Shaping Victoria

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State Planning Policy Framework [SPPF]

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Structure Plans

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Subdivisions

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Tree Pruning (Street Trees)

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Urban Design

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Urban Growth Boundary

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Victorian Planning History Information Now Available

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Victoria Planning Provisions (VPPs)

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Water Catchments

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Zones - 2012 State Zone Reform

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Rally  Protesting Changes To State Zones

State Zone Reforms: The Few Desirable Bits Are Swamped By The Diabolical Rest

Pokies (Gambling/Gaming)

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Gisborne

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Population

ABS Census

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Victoria In Future [VIF] Population Projections

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Population

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Kelvin Thompson Asks Is Melbourne @ 5 Million A Better City Than Melbourne @ 4 Million?

Bob Carr Joins Kelvin Thomson In Speaking Out Against Over-Population

Sustainable Population Australia [SPA] - latest newsletter

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Growth Rates

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The Big Population Debate: Robert Doyle v Kelvin Thomson,  Monday 13th October, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

2006 Census Data

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Growth Agenda

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Public Land

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Council

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School Plantation, Gisborne

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VCAT

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Major Cases List

"Major" Cases To Again Be Fast-Tracked At VCAT

VCAT "Major Cases List" For Fast-Tracking Development Hearings Dropped

Latest VCAT Red Dot Decisions

   

VCAT Awards $4,500 Costs Against Macedon Ranges Council

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Individual Decisions

Cobaw Live Bird Hunting Ranch (Rural)

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VCAT Says No To Macedon Lodge: It's Prohibited

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Gisborne Call Centre

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Puican :  Rural Land Policies Don't Apply (Amendment C48)

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Signs At Kyneton

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181 Lot Subdivision, Riddells Creek

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4 Lot Subdivision, Romsey

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1005 Lot Subdivision/DP, Gisborne

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2005 Decisions

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