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 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 start the Level Crossing Removal Project will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Casey 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 information about the project is available on the Hallam Street, Hallam Your Level Crossing page.

What does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to?

Most of the works taking place to remove the level crossing at Hallam Road do not need a planning permit and can occur without amending the Casey 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 design 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 which require a planning permit (i.e. Land Subject to Inundation and Special Building Overlays). 

As such, the project will request an amendment to the Casey Planning Scheme to remove these permit requirements.

Why are you seeking submissions?

As part of the 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 to the community consultation process?

Submissions for the Planning Scheme Amendment form part of the 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.

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

Who could make a submission?

Local residents and interested parties can make a submission. Major stakeholders in the area such as Casey Council, VicRoads and Melbourne Water have had an opportunity to provide input on the project and the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment. 

What could 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. 

How can I make a submission?

You can provide a submission by completing the hard-copy form or online at Your Level Crossing. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Where can I find more information?

Information about the project and Planning Scheme Amendment is available at Your Level Crossing or by calling 1800 105 105.