Assessing the effectiveness of local government planning scheme controls in protecting native vegetation in the Port Phillip & Western Port region

Budge, T, Juniper, M, Gration, R, Keating, J, Hearne, M, Butt, A, Fraser, K, Buxton, M, Bekessy, S and Lechner, A 2008, Assessing the effectiveness of local government planning scheme controls in protecting native vegetation in the Port Phillip & Western Port region, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Frankston, Australia


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Title of report Assessing the effectiveness of local government planning scheme controls in protecting native vegetation in the Port Phillip & Western Port region
Author(s) Budge, T
Juniper, M
Gration, R
Keating, J
Hearne, M
Butt, A
Fraser, K
Buxton, M
Bekessy, S
Lechner, A
Year of publication 2008
Publisher Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Place of publication Frankston, Australia
Subjects Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary The study funded by the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) aimed to: 1 Identify the main reasons for native vegetation removal in the PPWCMA region; 2 assess the effectiveness of the planning scheme controls across the region in respect to vegetation protection; 3 assess the capacity of local governments to apply and better manage native vegetation controls; 4 examine and identify how planning scheme provisions are addressing the issue of the removal of native vegetation; 5 assess the relevance and robustness of these planning scheme provisions and controls when effectively applied; 6 develop a set of draft recommendations and proposals to implement the project findings The research team mapped and analysed the extent and quality of native vegetation across the region; conducted case studies of planning permit applications and other planning matters related to native vegetation management at five local governments; compiled an inventory of planning provisions relevant to native vegetation protection in local government planning schemes; and analysed relevant decisions subject to review at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The study concluded that extensive loss of native vegetation had occurred and that a systematic implementation of the recommendations of this report would assist in the effective achievement of the goals and stated outcomes of state policy
Commissioning body Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
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