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Planning approvals for Level Crossing Removal Projects FAQs

23 Apr 2020

In January 2020, the Minister for Planning approved the introduction of a new particular provision – Clause 52.03 (‘Level Crossing Removal Project’) – to the Victorian Planning Provisions and all planning schemes across Victoria. Planning approval for Level Crossing Removal Projects will proceed under this new provision.

  • Why has Clause 52.03 been introduced?
    • Clause 52.03 removes the need for separate Planning Scheme Amendments or planning permits for each Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) project in the future.

      Clause 52.03 supports the efficient delivery of the Victorian Government’s commitment to remove 75 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings, and upgrade rail corridors, across metropolitan Melbourne to support growth in capacity and improve the efficiency and safety of the road, rail and pedestrian network.

  • What does this mean for the planning approvals process?
    • LXRP is no longer required to request a Planning Scheme Amendment for projects and an Incorporated Document will no longer be prepared.

      However, LXRP is required to address similar matters to those ordinarily covered by an Incorporated Document. For example, before commencing work LXRP will be required to prepare:

      • a consultation summary report explaining LXRP’s consultation approach and how feedback was considered;
      • an Environmental Management Framework (EMF); and
      • a plan showing the boundary of the area where works will occur.
  • What consultation is required?
    • Clause 52.03 requires LXRP to consult with communities and Councils.

      All feedback received by LXRP during the planning consultation process will be included in a consultation summary report submitted to the Minister for Planning. Councils will also have input into the Environmental Management Framework which is required as part of the new provision.

  • What are the requirements for managing native vegetation?
    • Clause 52.03 requires native vegetation removed, destroyed or lopped for a project to be reported and offset in accordance with the Guidelines for removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, December 2017) consistent with usual requirements of the planning scheme.

  • What are the requirements for heritage?
    • Clause 52.03 requires that where construction of a project in a Heritage Overlay would normally require a planning permit, a heritage impact report, site photographs and site plans and elevations must be prepared to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

  • Is an Environmental Management Framework required?
    • Yes. Clause 52.03 retains appropriate requirements for the management of potential environmental, amenity and other impacts of project construction.

      LXRP will be required to prepare an EMF in consultation with local Councils that includes an overarching framework of measures to reduce and manage environmental and amenity effects during construction of a project.

  • Where can I find more information?
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