Posted 28/2/17

 

 

Macedon Ranges Protection Advisory Committee:  July 2016 Report Recommendations

Consolidated recommendations at pages 5 and 6.

 

The Committee recommends that the Minister:

 

1.   Set aside the Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement as adopted by Council in September 2014.

 

2.   Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to prepare a new Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement that is:

a) based on the Committee’s preferred version contained in Appendix B of this report, and the principles contained in Chapter 6.4.1 of this report
b) consistent with Recommendations 3, 4, 5 and 6 in this report
c) prepared in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the Registered Aboriginal Parties and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

3.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to define the geographic extent of the new Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement as the existing municipal boundary for Macedon Ranges Shire, with no reference to the Range and the Rock as a separate policy area.

 

4.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to include a Framework Plan in the new Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement which shows clearly defined settlement boundaries within which urban development and rural living must be confined.

 

5.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to ensure the settlement boundaries avoid or minimise the following areas:

 

a) areas identified in the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan Map as ‘areas containing high value terrestrial habitat’
b) areas identified in the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan Map for the facilitation of ongoing agricultural productivity and new opportunities
c) areas identified as high bushfire risk
d) areas identified as having potential for agricultural productivity.

 

6.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council that the settlement boundaries be informed by existing policy and strategic work including:

 

a) the State Planning Policy Framework at Clause 11 (Settlement) and Clause 16 (Housing)
b) Clause 21.13 of the Local Planning Policy Framework
c) The Macedon Ranges Shire Council Settlement Strategy 2011
d) Amendments C98, C99, C100 and C110 to the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme (if approved).

 

7.  Direct the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning that once the new Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement has been approved and incorporated into the Victoria Planning Provisions, it is to prepare a legislative proposal for amending the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to insert provisions requiring Parliamentary approval for any planning scheme amendment approved by the Minister that:

 

a) amends the settlement boundaries identified in the approved Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement, or
b) inserts any new settlement boundary into the approved Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement.

 

8.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to review the geographic application of the Significant Landscape Overlay Schedule 1 in the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme, and prepare a planning scheme amendment to:

 

a) extend the geographic application of the Significant Landscape Overlay Schedule 1 (if required)
b) insert the following as the first sentence under Clause 2.0:

9.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to review the planning controls applied to the Mount William Stone Hatchet Quarry, to ensure the site is adequately protected for its cultural heritage significance.

 

10.  Direct Macedon Ranges Shire Council to undertake a review of the current application of Vegetation Protection Overlays across the Macedon Ranges Shire to assess whether they are providing adequate protection of the Shire’s significant vegetation, with particular consideration given to whether listed grassland communities within the Shire should be afforded protection.

 

11.  Request Macedon Ranges Shire Council to amend its proposed Environment Strategy to include the following requirement:

 

12.  Direct the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to prepare protocols to ensure that relevant Settlement Agreements are embraced and that Registered Aboriginal Parties are meaningfully engaged as partners on natural resource strategic planning projects initiated or undertaken by the Department.