What is the Planning Scheme Amendment?

A Planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the relevant Planning Scheme (in this instance the Casey Planning Scheme) to conduct works in the area. 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 crossing at Evans Road, Lyndhurst, the Level Crossing Removal Project will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Casey Planning Scheme.

What does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to?

Most of the works required to remove the level crossing at Evans Road, Lyndhurst can take place without amending the Casey Planning Scheme.

The Planning Scheme Amendment will apply to land within the road and rail corridor. It will also apply to any adjacent land temporarily required for construction, car parking and access to the road and rail corridor. 

The Planning Scheme Amendment incorporates site specific controls via an incorporated document. This means 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 aboriginal heritage, flood management and environmental management.

A draft incorporated document and other relevant information about the project is available in the document.

What design solution is being used for the removal of the Evans Road level crossing?

The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing the level crossing at Evans Road, one of the last remaining level crossings along the Cranbourne line, with a road bridge design announced by the Victorian Government in March 2019.

Using a road bridge design will provide significant benefits to the community, including restoring local connections and access to important services, such as shops and schools. 

As part of planning works, we are looking at opportunities to enhance urban design, create new pedestrian and cycling connections and reduce disruption to road and rail users during our works.

How can a Planning Scheme Amendment request be submitted when there is not yet a final design for the road bridge?

The Planning Scheme sets out objectives, policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land during the project.

Regardless of the final design, the proposed incorporated document would 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 about the project. 

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

Is this different to the community consultation process?

A response to the Submissions for the Planning Scheme Amendment will be part of the formal request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Casey 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.

What can submissions be about?

Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the 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.

Who can make a submission?

Any interested parties can make a submission. Letters and submissions forms have been mailed to residents and land owners who live near the project area. However, anyone with an interest in the project is able to make a submission online.

City of Casey, VicRoads and Melbourne Water will also be consulted and have the opportunity to provide input on the Planning Scheme Amendment.

How can I provide a submission?

You can provide a submission by completing the form online. Submissions close at 5:00pm on Friday 3 May 2019.

Where can I find more information?

Information about the Evans Road Level Crossing Removal Project is available at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 105 105

Do you have a translation service?

Yes, for languages other than English, please call 9280 0780