An amendment to the planning scheme has been prepared and is now with the Minister for Planning for approval.

About the Project

We've prepared a development contribution plan (DCP) and will use it to collect levies that contribute to providing essential community infrastructure catering for the increase in residents that developments bring.

In order to introduce a DCP and have it take affect we're looking to amend the Banyule Planning Scheme (the scheme).

This planning scheme amendment includes:

  • Introducing the new Development Contribution Plan Overlay Schedule 1 (DCPO1) Provisions at clause 45.06 of the scheme
  • Including new overlay maps for the Development Contribution Plan Overlay Schedule 1 (DCPO1)
  • Adding the Development Contribution Plan 2016-2017 (the Plan) as an incorporated document at clause 81.01 of the scheme

1 May 2018 update

Following public exhibition and receipt of submissions, on 30 April 2018 Council received a report about the C115 proposal. This report is available from Council’s website as Agenda item 7.1 and Supplementary Agenda item 7.6.

For item 7.1, at the meeting Council solved to:

  • Write to the Minister for Planning to request appointment of a Planning Panel for Amendment C115
  • Approve the updated DCP Incorporated Document and DCPO1 Schedule that accompany the report, for the purpose of sharing with submitters, Planning Panels Victoria and referencing in Council’s submission to the Panel
  • Support on-going discussion with submitters, to help inform Council’s submission and the Expert Witness submission to the Planning Panel.

The updated DCP Incorporated Document DCPO1 Schedule are available from this page, under the heading Post Exhibition Updates.

For item 7.6, at the meeting Council noted that discussions had resulted in two submissions being withdrawn, resulting in 17 submissions. Of these, 13 were unresolved submissions. A list of key issues in these submissions is:

  1. Concern with introducing more costs/levies
  2. Support for a revised co-housing exemption
  3. Transition provisions should be included
  4. Exemptions should include works by infrastructure authorities
  5. Specific properties should be excluded
  6. Wording of the provisions can be improved
  7. Too much complexity with multiple charge areas.

4 June 2018 Update

Following the Directions Hearing on Monday 28 May 2018 the C115 Panel gave various directions, this included more information being provided on this website. This further information is available from this page, under the heading Further Info Prior to Panel Hearing and gives:

  • Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) letter dated 31 May 2018
  • Council reports dated 29 July 2015, 9 May 2016 and 28 August 2017
  • Urban Enterprise Peer Review Report dated March 2017

The HillPDA Strategic Framework for Contribution Scheme Report dated March 2016 is available under the heading Exhibited Amendment Documentation.

The Panel hearing will start at 10am on Monday 25 June 2018. Timetabling information is in the PPV letter dated 31 May 2018.

15 June 2018 Update

Attachment added giving the HillPDA Expert Witness Statement for the C115 Panel's consideration. This statement responds to various Panel directions, gives information about Banyule's C115 DCP and responds to issues raised by submitters. The expert played a lead role to prepare the C115 DCP and will be present at the Panel hearing.

27 July 2018 Update

The Planning Panel hearing was held on 25 and 26 June 2018. We are now waiting for the report to be finalised and released.

24 August 2018 Update

Following a Panel hearing on 25 and 26 June 2018 to consider submissions to the amendment, the Panel has provided its report with recommendations.

Council will consider the report of the Panel in due course.


About development contribution plans

A development contribution plan is a financial management tool to help fund capital works projects servicing the changing profile of the community.

By introducing a DCP, developers will be required to pay two levies. In most instances, the need to pay levies is triggered by a planning permit condition. For smaller developments, like extensions to shops and offices, the need to pay levies can be triggered by a building permit. Levies must be paid before a Statement of Compliance is issued for the subdivision of land or before a building permit is issued.

There are two types of development contribution levies that developers will need to pay:

  • The development infrastructure levy helps fund basic infrastructure, such as roads, paths and drains.
  • The community infrastructure levy helps fund community facilities, such as neighbourhood houses and sports pavilions.

As Banyule has an established community, only a portion of total project costs can be allocated to a DCP and paid by developers. The balance must be found from other sources through Council’s annual budgeting and four year capital planning.

In 2016 Council developed a strategic framework to consider how it should prepare a DCP.

Using the strategic framework, Victorian Government guidelines, practice notes, ministerial directions and expert advice a draft development contribution plan was prepared.

At the ordinary meeting of Council on 28 August 2017, resolution CO2017/186 was made approving the Banyule Development Contribution Plan (2016-17) Report and Development Contribution Plan Overlay.

About planning schemes

Planning schemes are the statutory instrument used to consider applications for changing land use or developing land. These schemes include overarching strategic statements, local policies, zones, overlays and a range of other requirements and guidelines that have to be considered when a change affecting land is proposed.

The Victorian Government provides additional information to help you learn more about the Victorian Planning System.

The you can find all planning schemes for Victoria, including the Banyule Planning Scheme on the Victorian Government's planning schemes online portal.

About planning scheme amendments

Changing a planning scheme involves preparing and progressing a planning scheme amendment. The Planning and Environment Act 1987 defines how amendments need to take place.

The Victorian Government provides additional information about planning scheme amendments.


The changes introduced as part of this amendment will mean we can collect fair and reasonable contributions from developers to help fund development infrastructure (eg. roads) and community infrastructure projects (eg. community facilities).

Altering the scheme maps to include a development contribution plan overlay (DCPO) will:

  • help clarify where levies are required if development occurs place and is triggered by a planning permit or building permit.

Adding the Plan as an incorporated document at clause 81.01 of the scheme will:

  • help define how collected levies are used.


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Panel hearings

If your submission cannot be resolved, the amendment may be referred to an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning.

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Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made. Council may also provide copies of submissions to other parties for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process. Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any panel hearing held to consider submissions.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.


The following list of questions and answers have been prepared as a quick reference. A C115 fact sheet has been prepared with all the questions and answers if you'd like to print off a copy.

Looking for more? The development contribution plan has all the details.