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Planning Scheme Amendments

A Planning Scheme Amendment is a formal process that changes the planning scheme to achieve a good planning outcome, or to support a new policy direction.


Amendments to the scheme affect the wider community because they change the way land can be used or developed. They also change the way planning decisions are made in the future.


An example of a Planning Scheme Amendment:

If we wanted to encourage more rural living developments on land that is zoned for farming, it would amend the scheme and rezone land from farming to rural living.

Current Amendments on Exhibition


Amendment C126: King Street and Slip Road, Paynesville


East Gippsland Shire Council has prepared Amendment C126 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme.


The land affected by the amendment is in King Street and Slip Road, Paynesville as detailed in the map below.


 A map of King Street and Slip Road Paynesville showing land affected by Planning Scheme Amendment C126


The amendment implements the findings of the Paynesville Maritime Precinct Master Plan October 2009 and implements some of the findings of the Comparative Study of Planning Instruments, Paynesville Maritime Precinct Slip Road Paynesville, February 2014.


You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment, free of charge, at the following locations:

  • During office hours, at the office of the planning authority, East Gippsland Shire Council at any one of the following locations:
    • Bairnsdale Corporate Centre: 273 Main Street;
    • Bairnsdale Business Centre: 32 Pyke Street;
    • Bairnsdale Customer Service Centre: 24 Service Street; or
    • Paynesville Customer Service Centre: 55 The Esplanade.
  • At the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.


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 public hearing held to consider submissions. The closing date for submissions is November 5, 2017.


A submission must be sent to the Manager Strategic Planning, East Gippsland Shire Council PO Box 1618 Bairnsdale Vic. 3875, or by email.


The planning authority must make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.


Exhibition documents:


Ministerial Amendment

Planning for Bushfire: 2016 mapping and policy update


New mapping

The Victorian Government has announced its intention to update the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) in all planning schemes across Victoria. This mapping identifies areas considered to be exposed to extreme bushfire risk. This initiative is being undertaken in response to recommendations made in the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.


The East Gippsland Planning Scheme already applies the BMO to bushfire risk areas. When implemented the new mapping will extend the application of the BMO in the Scheme. This includes application of the BMO to existing settlements that are potentially exposed to bushfire risk.


New requirements for planning permits

Application of the BMO can trigger the need to obtain a planning permit for new development, particularly for dwellings and subdivision, it will also require new buildings to be constructed, consistent with building regulations, to improve resilience to bushfire attack.


If you are in an area proposed to be included in the new mapping and you are intending to undertake buildings and works on your land, you need to be aware of these changes.


You can check if your land is in the BMO by using the BMO tool using the Victorian Government’s planning maps online tool.


Ministerial amendment

This is a Victorian Government initiative and the planning scheme amendment to introduce the new BMO mapping will be prepared and approved by the Minister for Planning, not council.


Amendment GC13 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme introducing the new mapping comes into effect with gazettal on October 3, 2017.


Under Section 41 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 the amendment documents must be available for public inspection during office hours.


This link to Amendment GC13 on Planning Scheme Amendments Online allows access to the amendment as required under section 40(1) of the Act.



The Victorian Government is not seeking submissions on this amendment. Please direct comments on the BMO’s introduction to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).


Further questions

If you have any questions on what the BMO does or planning permit requirements please visit the DELWP website. If after viewing this information you still have a query, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 5153 9500 or email.


Download a Bushfire Management Overlay fact sheet (PDF 134kb)


Recently approved Amendments


C133: Paynesville Town Centre Structure Plan

Amendment C133 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme has been approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect on 1 June 2017.


The amendment revises the Municipal Strategic Statement to introduce the Paynesville Town Centre Structure Plan into the Local Planning Policy Framework and inserts a new local policy title Paynesville Town Centre.


C135: East Bairnsdale-Lucknow Precinct Structure Plan

Amendment C135 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme has been approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect on 15 June 2017.


The amendment introduces the East Bairnsdale-Lucknow Precinct Structure Plan concepts into the East Gippsland Planning Scheme. It does this through including new policy guidelines and adding the Structure Plan as a reference document in the Municipal Strategic Statement, introducing a new local policy and rezones 2 parcels of land.


The amendment also corrects an anomaly in the Planning Scheme, not related to the East Bairnsdale-Lucknow Precinct Structure Plan, by rezoning a parcel of land outside the East Bairnsdale-Lucknow Precinct reflecting a transfer to public ownership of land as part of a separate project, the Lucknow Drainage Improvement Project.


C136: Rural Living Rezoning, Jarramond (Orbost)

Amendment C136 to the East Gippsland Planning Scheme has been approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect on 22 June 2017.


This is a combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit approval. The amendment rezones land bounded by Major Creek Road, Forest Road and Jarramond Road in Jarramond, adjacent to the Orbost urban area.


The land is rezoned from Farming Zone to the Rural Living Zone. Approximately 13 hectares of land with frontage to Forest Road will be permitted to be subdivided into 13 lots with an average size of 6,100m2 and one large lot of 2 hectares.


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