VicSmart - a simpler planning permit process
The Planning and Environment Amendment (VicSmart Planning Assessment) Act 2012 amends the Planning and Environment 1987 to enable a streamlined assessment process for straightforward planning permit applications to be set up in planning schemes.
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VicSmart is the proposed new assessment process for straightforward, low impact planning permit applications. The process will enable such proposals to be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
The VicSmart Fact sheet provides an overview of what the VicSmart assessment process is, how it will work, and the types of applications that can be assessed.
The Planning and Environment (VicSmart Planning Assessment) Act 2012 has a forced commencement date of 20 May 2013. The Act changes will enable planning schemes to set out a different procedure for VicSmart classes of application where:
- the notice requirements of Section 52(1) of the Act do not apply
- the further information requirements of Section 54 of the Act do not apply
- third party review rights in Section 82(1) of the Act do not apply
- some decision making considerations of Section 60(1) and 84B(2) of the Act do not apply
- the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal council (or delegate) is the responsible authority for the application.
The Planning and Environment Amendment (VicSmart Planning Assessment) Act 2012 can be viewed at www.legislation.vic.gov.au
The VicSmart process will be made operational through the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes. New planning provisions and changes to the Planning and Environment Regulations are currently being drafted to implement VicSmart.