Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme

Overview

The Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme is a statutory document which sets out planning controls for land in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

It guides the use, development and protection of land in our region.  

A local planning scheme consists of two main sections:

  1. Policy and future direction for land use and development—from heritage and environment to parking.
  2. Zones and overlays, that tell you whether a property is for residential, industrial or business use. They detail what you are allowed or not allowed to do on your land.

The Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme is available from planning.vic.gov.au, simply enter Macedon Ranges into the search bar, or select the shire via the map. 

You can find out about the zones, schedules and other information for specific properties by visiting Maps and Spatial Data on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

For more information, call us on (03) 5422 0333 or email strategicplanning@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Incorporated documents

The documents listed below are incorporated documents under section 6(2)(j) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

An incorporated document forms part of our planning scheme. Documents incorporated in this planning scheme and the Schedule to documents incorporated in this planning scheme are found in Clause 72.04 of the planning scheme. The Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme is available from planning.vic.gov.au

Simply enter Macedon Ranges into the search bar, or select via the map, then under Ordinance, scroll down to the relevant clause.

If a document is not listed below, it is not an incorporated document. A document is not incorporated in our planning scheme by reason only that is referred to in the scheme.

Note: Clause 72.08 contains a list of background documents and schedule to background documents relevant to our planning scheme. A background document does not form part of the planning scheme.

All documents in the list below can be found on Planning Victoria. Simply enter Macedon Ranges into the search bar or search via the map, then click through to the Incorporated Documents tab and type a keyword into the search bar. 

Planning Scheme Amendments

The process for carrying out a planning scheme amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Further information including the planning scheme amendment process can be found in our fact sheet: 

For additional information, including how to prepare a planning scheme amendment, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have more information on amending a planning scheme.

Private sponsored amendments

A private sponsored amendment is a planning scheme amendment initiated at the request of an applicant or landowner.

These mainly relate to an individual parcel of land where the landowner is the main beneficiary. More information can be found in our fact sheet:

Amendment C126 (Errors and Anomalies)

Amendment C126macr corrects errors and anomalies and makes minor changes to mapping and ordinance of the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme.

Adoption of Amendment

Council considered the recommendations of the Panel Report for C126 at the 24 March 2021 Scheduled Council Meeting. Council resolved the following:

That Council:

  1. Split Amendment C126macr into:
    a. Part 1 comprising of changes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
    b. Part 2 comprising of changes 4, 13, 15, 26, 27 and 28.
  2. Adopt C126macr Part 1 and submit to the Minister for Planning together with the prescribed information for approval and gazettal pursuant to Section 31(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
  3. Abandon C126macr Part 2 and notify the Minister for Planning.
  4. Notify submitters and land owners of Council’s decision.

 24 March 2021 Scheduled Council Meeting Minutes

The Minister for Planning will now consider Part 1 of amendment C126 for approval and all affected landholders and submitters will be updated once a decision is made.

Panel Hearing

After considering submissions to the amendment, Council resolved at its Scheduled Meeting held on 16 September 2020 to refer the submissions to a Panel. The minutes(PDF, 347KB) of the meeting are available to view. The Panel Direction Hearing was held on 29 October 2020.

The Panel Direction Hearing was held on 29 October 2020. The Panel Hearing was held via video conference on Tuesday 24 November 2020 and Wednesday 25 November 2020.

The panel heard the matter in an open forum, consistent with its obligation to conduct hearings in public. All parties to the hearing were advised of these arrangements and Council was represented by a planning officer.

Panel Report Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme Amendment C126 Errors, Anomalies and Minor Changes(PDF, 1MB)

Supporting documents:

Council Panel Submission Part A Word(DOCX, 213KB) Pdf(PDF, 466KB)

Council Panel Submission Part B Word(DOCX, 399KB) Pdf(PDF, 706KB)

Additional documents:

Exhibition submissions

Twenty eight (28) submissions have been received to date.

Redacted versions (all personal/identifiable details removed) are now available.

Download the submissions(PDF, 9MB).

Exhibition documents

View more details and documents:

Clauses and schedules

Supporting documents, clauses and schedules in track changes format

Amendment C127 (Heritage Study)

Macedon Ranges Shire Heritage Study: Woodend, Lancefield, Macedon and Mount Macedon 2019

We are committed to improving our built environment by protecting places of heritage significance. The Macedon Ranges Shire Heritage Study: Woodend, Lancefield, Macedon and Mount Macedon 2019 documented a number of significant places in the shire and was adopted by Council on 24 April 2019. The minutes(PDF, 249KB) from the meeting are available to view.

Amendment C127 implements the adopted study by placing the Heritage Overlay on 32 places. The Heritage Overlay protects the significance of these places and their importance to the history of Macedon Ranges for our community now, and in to the future.

View the amendment documents and submissions

Community feedback on the amendment was invited from 3 June to 16 July 2021. Thirteen (13) submissions and 3 queries have been received to date. Submissions to an amendment become public documents and are to be made available for viewing during the amendment process. All submissions will be put before Council and be considered at a Planning Delegated Committee.

If there are issues raised in submissions that cannot be resolved, the Council may decide to refer them to an independent Planning Panel for consideration. The Panel will then provide expert advice to Council on whether or not the amendment should proceed.

Amendment C132 ('Carramar' 20 Bowen Street, Woodend)

This amendment was gazetted on 11 June 2020.

Approved documents

Clauses and schedules

Incorporated documents

Supporting documents, clauses and schedules in track changes format

If you have any questions, or would like more information call our Strategic Planning team on (03) 5422 0333, or email strategicplanning@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Amendment C134 (Errors and Anomalies)

The amendment implements a combination of correcting obvious and technical errors, clarifying or improving grammar or language, inserting or updating headings, updating references to clauses, changing a description of a department and applying the Road Zone, Category 1 to a declared road in the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme. The amendment was gazetted on 1 October 2020.

Gazetted documents

Documents

Clauses

Schedules

Clauses in track changes format

For more information, contact the Strategic Planning team on (03) 5422 0333 or email strategicplanning@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme Review

All Councils are required to regularly review their Planning Schemes to ensure they are up-to-date and provide clear and relevant guidance for the community, developers and planners.

For more information and to have your say, visit Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme Review.