Land use planning system

The use and development of waste and resource recovery facilities is controlled by Victoria’s land use planning and environment protection systems.

For information about the land use planning system visit Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and for information about the environment protection system visit Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

Victoria Planning Provisions and Planning Scheme provisions for waste and resource recovery facilities

The land use and development planning provisions are contained within the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) which is the statewide standard template for local planning schemes.

The zoning of land under the provisions of the relevant local planning scheme determines whether land may be used for a waste or resource recovery facility.

Local planning schemes may also include overlays that apply specific controls in relation to the use or development of land. Planning scheme overlays that most commonly apply to waste and resource recovery facilities include the Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO) and the Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO).

You can view local planning scheme maps and ordinances through the state government’s Planning Schemes Online.

The key sections of the VPP and local planning schemes that relate to waste and resource recovery facilities are:

  • Section 10 State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) – the State Planning Policy relating to waste and resource recovery is contained in Clause 19.03-5.
  • Section 20 Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) - the LPPF of a local planning scheme may include objectives and policies relating to waste and resource recovery facilities. Check Clauses 21 and 22 of the LPPF of the relevant local planning scheme.
  • Section 50 Particular Provisions – Clause 52.45 Resource Recovery - this sets out specific provisions in relation to Resource Recovery and applies in addition to any other provision in the planning scheme.
  • Section 70 Definitions - Clause 74 Land use terms. Under the VPP and planning schemes, waste and resource recovery facilities are described using the following terms – Industry; Materials Recycling; Refuse Disposal and Transfer Station.

Last updated: 11/05/2016