Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced the Federal Governments HomeBuilder program in response to the Coronavirus crisis. The program provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder will assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations this year.
Planning Scheme Amendment VC179 has recently been approved and changes the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes in Victoria by inserting a new provision at Clause 52.10 to facilitate rebuilding following the 2019/20 bushfires. The amendment also provides for changes to the Schedule to Clause 72.01 in all planning schemes to designate the Chief Executive Officer as the responsible authority for Clause 52.10.
The Victorian Government has today announced a new funding arrangement aimed at assisting in getting the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) moving remotely during the Covid-19 crisis. $5.2 million worth of funding has been announced allowing for upgrades to VCAT so that it can hear planning and other matters remotely. The roll out of upgrades has started and is anticipated to continue over the next 12 weeks.
The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 received Royal Assent this week in the Victorian Parliament. The Bill “temporarily amends certain Acts and temporarily empowers the making of regulations for the purpose of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has released new guidance about using and applying Victoria’s suite of residential zones.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have announced changes to the way planning schemes will be accessed on line.
On Tap Liquor Consulting, Victoria’s premier liquor consultancy firm, is excited to announce that they have acquired EDQ Town Planning, a boutique town planning consultancy firm based in Ballan. Operated by Director Mr Robert Eskdale, EDQ Town Planning was established in 1995 and services the Moorabool region and beyond.