What is the Planning Scheme Amendment?

A Planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the relevant Planning Scheme (in this instance the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme and 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 commence for the removal of the level crossing at South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South, the Level Crossing Removal Project will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme and 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 at yourlevelcrossings.vic.gov.au

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?

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 by completing the hard-copy form or online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Submissions close at 5:00pm on Friday 2 August 2019

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.