What does the built form framework include?

    The framework has two parts. Part 1 includes context and analysis and covers relevant State and local policy, current planning settings, and a consideration of the characteristics of the land and buildings, setting out issues and opportunities.  

    Part two is the Built Form Framework itself, which includes recommended design principles, objectives and requirements for the characteristics of future buildings.

    Why is it important to work towards planning controls for the centre?

    Currently, we do not have specific guidelines for building design in these three areas that are under development pressure. Our community has told us that it is important that we set clear development expectations which will help to:

    • provide clarity to landowners, businesses and the community about the height and setbacks of future buildings;
    • identify and retain the local sense of identity; 
    • strengthen the vitality and economic viability of the centre; and
    • ensure the centre continues to be an enjoyable place to shop, work and gather.

    How will the built form framework lead to planning controls?

    The framework is a first step towards planning controls. It presents an opportunity to make a strategically sound and strong case for new controls, which we can seek to implement into the Planning Scheme.

    For recommendations made by the frameworks to be successfully translated into planning controls and included in the Scheme, we have to ensure that the recommendations reflect local and state policy.

    This means that the frameworks must:

    • plan for current and future communities;
    • meet State Government guidance for the introduction of planning controls in activity centres (this includes guidance about where it is and is not appropriate to use mandatory controls); and
    • communicate a vision for future built form outcomes that is informed by:
      • a thorough built form and character review of the centres; and
      • views from the community about what people value about these centres.

    What are the steps involved in a planning scheme amendment process?

    A planning scheme amendment is a formal process that involves a series of steps:

    1. Preparation of draft planning controls (for our framework, these draft controls will reflect the framework's recommendations)
    2. Request the Minister for Planning to authorise Council to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment
    3. Seek feedback from the community in a process known as public exhibition (where people can make a formal submission)
    4. Hold a planning conference, where Council can hear from anyone who has provided a submission
    5. Council considers all submissions and whether changes can be made to address them
    6. An independent panel hearing will be held if changes cannot be made to address all submissions. Anyone who has provided a submission is invited to present at the panel hearing
    7. Council considers the panel recommendations and decides on the outcome of the amendment
    8. Council decides whether to adopt the amendment as it is or with changes as recommended by the Panel or to abandon the amendment. If Council decides to adopt the amendment, it is then submitted to the Minister for Planning who may or may not approve and gazette the amendment.

    How are built form frameworks different from structure plans?

    There are many different types of analysis that can be used to support the development of planning controls. Structure Plans are undertaken in large activity centres. They cover issues relating to height and setbacks, but also extend to more complex matters such as traffic, access, car parking and community infrastructure.

    Built form frameworks are more appropriate for our smaller centres, where the priority is to respond to development pressure by establishing robust planning controls to guide matters relating to height and setbacks.