Local Planning Scheme

Local planning schemes are made under Part 5 of the Planning and Development Act 2005, which sets out the general objectives of schemes, the matters which may be addressed and the requirements for review.

Where schemes involve the zoning or classification of land, they are required to reflect the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.  Importantly, there are some sections of the scheme which are ‘deemed provisions’ which cannot be changed that include the processes and procedures by which planning decisions are to be made.

Schemes include a variety of zones and accompanying statutory planning provisions which combine to provide for control of land use and development.  This combination reflects a set formula of land use possibilities and zoning arrangements, with the intent being that the formula achieves the aims of the Scheme, which itself is derived from the strategic vision of the Local Planning Strategy.

Shire of Ashburton Local Planning Scheme No. 7

The current gazetted local planning scheme for the Shire of Ashburton is known as Local Planning Scheme No 7, and regulates how land in the Shire is used and developed.  It is comprised of Scheme text and a Map.

Shire of Ashburton Local Planning Scheme No. 7

The Scheme regulates a number of planning functions including:

  • Setting aside land as reserves for public purposes
  • Zoning land within the Scheme Area for the purposes defined in the Scheme
  • Controlling and guiding land use and development
  • Setting out procedures for the assessment and determination of planning applications
  • Making provisions for the administration and enforcement of the Scheme
  • Addressing other matters set out in the Schedule 7 of the Planning and Development Act 2005.

To note, the “Deemed Provisions” within the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 came into effect on 19 October 2015, which automatically replaced some of the provisions within the current Planning Scheme.  These must be read in conjunction with the current planning scheme.

For all queries relating to the Planning Scheme, or to make an appointment with staff from Town Planning, please contact Town Planning (08) 9188 4444 or email [email protected]