Category: Planning & Environment


The timely commencement of works under a planning permit is critical.

If doubt arises about whether works have commenced – and whether your permit has expired – this can lead to significant cost and delay and can potentially jeopardise the viability of a project.

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Victorian Environmental Law Student Network's Erin Meeking, spoke with Rigby Cooke’s Megan Schroor to discuss her career, the practice, and her advice for those seeking to commence a career in planning and environment. 

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The Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013 (Amendment Act) has received royal assent and is likely to be proclaimed to come into operation shortly.

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On 6 March 2013, the Minister for Planning, Hon. Matthew Guy released a final set of revised residential zones to be included in the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP). The changes reflect recommendations made by the Reformed Zones Ministerial Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) on 14 December 2012. 

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On 4 September 2014, the Minister for Planning adopted planning scheme Amendment VC120. The Amendment implements the ‘Agent of Change’ principle which is aimed at protecting live music entertainment venues (Venue) from residential encroachment. Residential developers will be responsible for attenuating music noise in buildings within 50 metres of a Venue.

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