What is a Planning Scheme Amendment?

A Planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the relevant Planning Scheme – in this instance the Kingston Planning Scheme – to apply a specific planning control to remove the need for separate planning permits. This process is commonly used for infrastructure projects and has been used for previous level crossing removal projects in Melbourne. Before works commence for the removal of the level crossings at Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea Road and Argyle Avenue in Chelsea, the Level Crossing Removal Project will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Kingston Planning Scheme. 

The proposed amendment incorporates site specific controls via an incorporated document, meaning the project can progress without the need for additional planning permits, subject to conditions being met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning. The conditions may include aspects such as local heritage and environmental management. 

A draft incorporated document and other relevant project information is available at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/chelsea

What does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to?

Most of the works within the rail corridor do not need a planning permit and can occur without amending the Kingston Planning Scheme. 

The proposed Planning Scheme Amendment will mainly apply to land within the rail corridor as well as any land temporarily required for construction, car parking and access to the rail corridor.

Why submit a Planning Scheme Amendment request when a removal method has already been decided?

While most of the construction will occur within the existing rail corridor and is consistent with the existing zoning of the land, there are some areas in the project area that require a planning permit, such as for any works near places of European or Indigenous cultural significance. 

As such, the project will rely on an amendment to the Kingston Planning Scheme to remove these permit requirements. 

The amendment will introduce an incorporated document which will put in place specific conditions that will need to be completed to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

Why are you seeking submissions?

As part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process, the community and other interested parties have an opportunity to provide feedback or raise issues about the project. 

A summary of submissions and feedback received will be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of the formal request for approval of the Planning Scheme Amendment.

How is this different from the community consultation process?

Submissions for the Planning Scheme Amendment will be part of the formal request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Kingston Planning Scheme. In addition to the Planning Scheme Amendment, the Level Crossing Removal Project is seeking feedback from the community on broader aspects of the project. 

This feedback will help the project team better understand what the local community values and what is important to consider as part of the project. It may include consultation on architectural features, walking and cycling connections, and landscaping to inform preliminary designs.

Who can make a submission?

Any interested parties can make a submission. Letters and submission forms have been mailed to residents and land owners within close proximity of the project area. However, anyone with an interest in the project can make a submission online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/chelsea.

Major stakeholders in the area including Kingston City Council, VicRoads and relevant water authorities will be consulted and will have the opportunity to provide input on the amendment.

What can submissions be about?

Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the proposed project or the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment. This can include amenity considerations, management or mitigation measures for any impacts identified or any other matters relevant to the project or the draft incorporated document.

How can I provide a submission?

You can provide a submission online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/chelsea Submissions close at 5.00pm Wednesday 4 September. Hard copy submission forms will be sent to property owners and residents. To request a hard copy submission form, please contact us on 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Where do I find more information about the Planning Scheme Amendment?

Information about the project and Planning Scheme Amendment is available at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/chelsea or by calling 1800 105 105.