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Discretion vs. regulation and the sorry case of Melbourne city plan 2010

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In the 1990s the former Kennett government made fundamental changes to the Victorian planning system. Central to these are the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPPs) which set out the structure of local planning schemes across the State. The VPPs include a general State Planning Policy section and provide for local variation through a Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF), itself made up of a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) and local planning policies. The MSS contains the planning objectives of local city councils and the strategies to achieve these; the local policies are more detailed and area or issue-specific. The LPPF is the only significant element of the planning scheme to be prepared by councils and tailored to local concerns: all other components of the schemes, including zones and overlays--the tools with which councils are to implement their planning policies--are standardised.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Urban Planning Program, Faculty of Architectural Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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