Major case status given to any development in residential growth zone: VCAT

The criteria for planning matters that can fall under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) major cases list has been broadened to include all developments in a residential growth zone.

The changes, taking place from December 1, ensure that all developments in a residential growth zone, including residential of any value, are now eligible.

Previous to this, developments containing homes, such as a unit development, could only be heard on this list if they had an estimated value of $10 million or more. Those without homes within them could opt in regardless of value.

The threshold, however, still applies in any other zone (neighbourhood residential zone and General Residential Zone). Councils have until July 1, 2014 to introduce the new zonings.

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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