Types of development
Development managed by a planning scheme is generally limited to the following types of development:
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What is an Assessment Category?
A Planning Scheme manages development by identifying categories of assessment and applicable development codes within Part 5 - Tables of Assessment. The four assessment categories include:
|Accepted development||Development is exempt not requiring assessment against any codes or a development application.|
|Accepted, if complying with the acceptable benchmarks of applicable Codes||The person undertaking the development must complete a self-assessment for compliance with acceptable assessment benchmarks of applicable codes. If compliant, no development application is required; however, building approvals may be required. If non-compliant, development jumps up to code assessment.|
|Code Assessment||A development application addressing applicable codes is to be assessed by the local government.|
|Impact Assessment||A development application addressing applicable codes is to be assessed by the local government and public notification of the proposal is required.|
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If an application is required, then the application may also be assessed against other requirements, such as a State Planning Instrument. If a Planning Scheme is inconsistent with:
State Interactive Mapping is a tool that aids in the identification of State Planning Interests that may require referral to State agencies during the development assessment process.
What is a Zone?
Zones are utilized as a method to control the preferred uses within particular Zones and avoid conflicts between sensitive uses and less sensitive uses. Part 5.5 Categories of Assessment - Material Change of Use specify what category of assessment each use is within each zone and applicable codes for assessment. See Zone Card fact sheets for more information.
What is an Overlay?
Overlay maps identify the location and triggers for further assessment of constraints specific to the development site including, but not limited to, flood, coastal, bushfire and landslide hazards. Where a development site is located within an overlay, Part 5.10 of the Planning Scheme specifies the Category of Assessment and applicable Overlay Code that development must address. Overlay Codes are within Part 8 of the Planning Scheme and outline requirements to guide assessment (i.e. geotechnical report for landslide hazard) and required design or engineering outcomes to mitigate the constraint.
What is a Development Code?
Development Codes specify assessment benchmarks that development must comply with to ensure construction, operation and design of a development is controlled in a manner that avoids adverse social, aesthetic and environmental impacts.
What is a Local Plan?
Local Plans are developed to protect and enhance unique characteristics of a local area and are required when overarching Zone and Development Codes for the region are not specific enough to protect the unique economic, amenity and environmental characteristics of an area.
What is trunk infrastructure?
Trunk infrastructure includes the primary infrastructure networks, including Water, Sewer, Stormwater, Transport and Parks and Land for Community Facilities. The maps in Schedule 3 of the Planning Scheme identify existing and future trunk infrastructure for each network.
What are Infrastructure Charges?
Infrastructure Charges are issued when a development increases demand on the trunk infrastructure networks. Infrastructure Charges must be used by Council to build new trunk infrastructure or to improve the capacity of the existing trunk infrastructure networks. The maximum Infrastructure Charges for each land use are set out in the Planning Regulation 2017.