Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Precinct Structure Plan

Planning Scheme Amendment C162 & C183 to the Melton Planning Scheme

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with Melton City Council, state agencies and key stakeholders, has prepared the Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) to guide development in Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains.

The PSP applies to approximately 1,050 hectares of land in the Mt Atkinson precinct and 485 hectares of land in the Tarneit Plains precinct.

An infrastructure contributions plan (ICP) has also been prepared under Planning Scheme Amendment C183 to the Melton Planning Scheme as a funding mechanism for the precinct.

The Minister for Planning approved and gazetted Planning Scheme Amendment C162 and Planning Scheme Amendment C183 to the Melton Planning Scheme in September 2017.

A copy of the approved PSP, ICP and associated amendment documents can be found below:

Amendment C162
Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Precinct Structure Plan (June 2017)
Amendment C183
Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Infrastructure Contributions Plan (July 2017)

Interactive Map of Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains PSP

What is a Framework Plan?

Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) are master plans for local areas that usually cater for between 5,000 to 30,000 people, 2,000 to 10,000 jobs or a combination of both. They are the “blueprint” for localised development and investment that will occur over many years, and will incorporate any relevant directions already outlined in the higher level Framework Plan.

PSPs provide more specific detail regarding how existing important features of local communities such roads, shopping centres, schools, parks, key transport connections and areas for housing and employment may evolve or transform over time and become better integrated. PSPs will usually be the mechanism for providing direction on any planning zone changes and they will also identify the need for new or additional infrastructure to support increased housing and employment, along with funding mechanisms such as council infrastructure contributions charges.

Together with the framework planning, precinct structure planning is an important part of the State Government’s strategy to address population growth and the housing and employment demands that flow from this.

C162 Panel Report

The independent panel report for the Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains Precinct Structure Plan (also known as Melton planning scheme amendment C162) was released on 6 January 2017.

The role of the independent panel was to hear submissions from the public and other parts of government and provide recommendations to the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA). The VPA will now consider these recommendations and will make any changes to the PSP it considers necessary. The VPA will then submit the updated PSP to the Minister for Planning.

The Minister will make his decision on the final form of the Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains PSP early in 2017.

This Panel Report relates to the Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) that will guide development in Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains. The PSP applies to approximately 1,050 hectares of land in the Mt Atkinson precinct and 485 hectares of land in the Tarneit Plains precinct.

The overall precinct is expected to deliver over 6,700 dwellings accommodating approximately 19,000 residents. It is anticipated that over 18,000 jobs in retail, commercial, industrial, office, education and home-based businesses will be created in the precinct.

The application to expand the Melbourne Regional Landfill facility was called in by the Minister for Planning in accordance with an election commitment. This means that the Minister for Planning, rather than the local council, will make the final decision on the application.

That application has been sent to a separate independent panel for advice which is yet to be received by the Minister. The report is expected to be sent to the Minister in early 2017.

The C162 Panel Report does not predict or pre-empt the decision of the Minister on the Melbourne Regional Landfill expansion, which is yet to be made.

Infrastructure Contributions

An ICP is a simplified system for funding basic and essential local infrastructure required by a new community.

The ICP may be made of one or two parts, a standard levy and/ or a supplementary levy. The standard levy is a pre-set rate that may be used to fund transport, community and recreation infrastructure and public land provision. In particular circumstances a supplementary levy may also apply.

Through the preparation of Precinct Structure Plans, the VPA together with Councils has sought to understand and plan for the needs of the future community by anticipating the requirements of roads, intersections, bridges, community buildings and sports and recreation facilities.

This local infrastructure is funded through an Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP).

Within the south east growth area the standard levy for is $339,000 per net developable hectare for residential areas and $158,500 per net developable hectare for employment areas.

Within the north west growth area the standard levy for is $328,500 per net developable hectare for residential areas and $155,000 per net developable hectare for employment areas.

More information relating to the ICP can be found here.

More information relating to infrastructure items proposed for a particular PSP can be found in the Precinct Infrastructure Plan of that PSP.

The types of infrastructure that can be included in an ICP are referred to as allowable items.

The allowable items are listed in the Ministerial Direction on the Preparation and Content of Infrastructure Contributions Plans which can be found below:

Preparation and Content and Reporting Requirements for Infrastructure Contribution Plans

Melbourne Regional Landfill

The works approval and planning permit applications have been lodged with Melton City Council and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). The Minister for Planning has called in the planning permit application, meaning the Minister, not Melton City Council, will make the decision on that application.

No. The Minister for Planning makes a decision on the planning permit applications and the EPA makes a decision on the works approval.

The applications can be viewed on the Cleanaway website:

http://www.cleanaway.com.au/community/major-project/melbourne-regional-landfill/

More information about public consultation and the process for consideration of the applications will be available shortly.

Supporting Documentation

Melton C162 Explanatory Report
DOCX Version
Melton C162 Instruction Sheet
DOCX Version
Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains PSP - approved and gazetted (June 2017)
PDF Version
VPA's Closing Submission to C162 - September 2016
PDF Version DOCX Version
Mt Atkinson (PSP1082) and Tarneit Plains (PSP1085) - landowner newsletter- April 2016
PDF Version
Melton Rail Corridor - Potential Acoustic Impact Assessment (Arup) - March 2016
PDF Version
Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains PSP - approved and gazetted (June 2017)
PDF Version
Mt Atkinson and Tarneit Plains ICP - approved and gazetted (July 2017) Copy
PDF Version
Precinct Infrastructure Table AMENDED to include Project Identification Numbers
PDF Version