What is the Planning Scheme Amendment?

A Planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the relevant Planning Scheme (in this instance the Stonnington and Boroondara Planning Schemes) 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 Toorak Road, Kooyong, the Level Crossing Removal Project will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Stonnington and Boroondara Planning Schemes.
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 levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

What does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to?

Most of the works taking place to remove the level crossing at Toorak Road do not need a planning permit and can occur without amending the Stonnington and Boroondara Planning Schemes.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.

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

Site investigations of local topography, geotechnical conditions and the location of major utility services determined that a rail bridge is the best solution for removing the Toorak Road level crossing. Other designs have been ruled out because of challenges caused by the the gradient of Toorak Road, the location of major utility services and high ground water levels.

More information about the design is available at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Why submit a Planning Scheme Amendment request when a final 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. Heritage and Special Building Overlays). As such, the project will rely on an amendment to the Stonnington and Boroondara Planning Schemes 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 Stonnington and Boroondara Planning Schemes. 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?

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

Major stakeholders in the area such as Stonnington and Boroondara City Councils, VicRoads and Melbourne Water will be consulted and 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 by completing the hard-copy form or online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/toorak-road-kooyong. Submissions close at 5:00pm on Monday 18th March 2019.

Does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to heritage sites or assets?

The Planning Scheme Amendment, if approved, would not provide approval for works affecting State heritage listed sites or assets. Any change to a site or asset on the State Heritage Register requires a permit from Heritage Victoria. 

If there are any proposed changes to Kooyong Railway Station as part of the project, a heritage permit application or exemption for a permit will be submitted to Heritage Victoria for approval.

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.