What is the Planning Scheme Amendment?
What does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to?
Most of the works taking place to remove the level crossing at South Gippsland Highway do not need a planning permit and can occur without amending the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme and the Casey Planning Scheme.
The proposed Planning Scheme Amendment will mainly apply to land within the road reserve as well as any land temporarily required for construction, car parking and access to the rail corridor.
What design solution is being used for the removal of the South Gippsland Highway level crossing?
Site investigations of local topography, geotechnical conditions and the location of major utility services determined that a road bridge is the best solution for removing the South Gippsland Highway level crossing.
Other designs have been ruled out due to unique site constraints including the proximity to critical utility services, how close the level crossing is to Princes Highway and high ground water levels.
How can a Planning Scheme Amendment request be submitted when there is not a final design?
While most of the construction will occur within the existing road reserve 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. Heritage Overlay and native vegetation removal).
As such, the project will rely on an amendment to the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme and the Casey 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 relevant authority (i.e. 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 to 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 Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme and 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 can make a submission?
How can I provide a submission?
Where can I find more information?
Information about the project and Planning Scheme Amendment is available at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 105 105.