Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018

Current Status

Public Consultation Round 2

Council is currently reviewing the Mildura Planning Scheme.

The project is currently in Stage 4, which seeks to inform Councillors, the community and stakeholders about the research undertaken and the potential contents and key directions to be explored in the final review.

Through this stage of consultation, Council is keen to:

  • Test and validate the research and analysis undertaken to date
  • Identify any missing issues
  • Involve people community and stakeholders in providing their thoughts about the key issues identified and in the development of potential solutions.

The project bulletin at the bottom of this page summarises the outcome of the planning scheme audit and public consultation to date. It also addresses the key issues identified from the previous review, and the potential recommendations for addressing these issues for the purpose of the current round of public consultation. 

Providing Your Feedback

Please provide your views regarding any of the matters raised in this bulletin or any additional matters that should be included in the planning scheme review as follows:

  • Written feedback - should be provided by 1 October 2018
  • Request to attend a meeting regarding the project on 25 or 26 September 2018 - RSVP by 21 September 2018.

Please provide feedback and meeting requests to the Strategic Planning Team on (03) 5018 8100 or via email at


Staying Informed

You can get more information by Visiting the Project Page on Council's Website at: Review


Visiting Us In Person:

If you would like to discuss the Mildura Planning Scheme Review please visit us at:

MRCC Deakin Avenue Service Centre, 76 Deakin Avenue, Mildura  Vic  3500


Contacting the Strategic Planning Team by Post, Phone or Email:

MRCC, PO Box 105, Mildura  Vic  3502

p: (03) 5018 8100



Signing Up for Project Updates:

The community will have many chances to have their say during the project, at events, via surveys and online feedback forms.  Please register your interest by emailing your details to and specifically stating that you would like to be kept up to date with project progress.


Accessing the Mildura Planning Scheme online:


Reading the online Guide to the Victorian Planning System:

A Victorian Government website that assists the community to learn about the planning system in Victoria, provides helpful documentation to assist understanding of the scheme can be found at:


Project Progress/Timeline

Stage 1: Inception & Background Review sought to establish the project scope and review background documents provided by Council to determine the key issues to inform the first round of consultation.

Stage 2: Consultation (Round 1) occurred in November 2017 with the primary objective to provide an early opportunity for stakeholders to identify key issues to be investigated during the review.

Stage 3: of involved a detailed analysis of background documents and consultation outcomes, determining the key issues to be considered for the planning scheme review. This stage has recently been completed and the ‘Preliminary Analysis and Emerging Issues’ report has been produced for Council’s consideration. 

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Next Steps

Stage 5 of the project will involve the preparation of a draft of the ‘Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018’, which will then be placed on public exhibition for comment and submission.  Stage 6 will involve making changes to the draft report following submission and Council adopting the final report.



Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018

Council has commissioned consultants Ethos Urban to undertake the Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018 project.  The review is examining all the local provisions in the scheme - including the objectives and policies - and will make sure they are up to date, written clearly, and express Council’s priorities. The review is being conducted in accordance with Planning Practice Note 32: Review of Planning Schemes, and the Continuous Improvement Review Kit (2006) published by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).  The review takes into consideration stakeholder views, strategic work and recent planning reforms including proposed, active and implemented planning scheme amendments.

What is a Planning Scheme?

The Mildura Planning Scheme sets out the long-term vision for Mildura Rural City Council in respect to land use and sets objectives and
policies around social, economic and environmental change.

The Planning Scheme regulates the use and development of land through planning provisions, which require residents and developers
to gain planning permission for some activities, such as building, subdividing land or removing vegetation.

Why Review the Planning Scheme?

The Planning and Environment Act 1987 requires Council to review the Mildura Planning Scheme every four years to make sure it is up-to-date, delivers state planning policy, provides clear direction for planning decisions and is user-friendly.

Council also needs to consider how the municipality has changed since the previous review of the planning scheme in 2014, and to address how it is likely to change in the next 20 years.

A copy of the previous, 2014 Mildura Planning Scheme Review can be found on Council’s website here:

The first step in the review will be to commission research into the existing and emerging issues for planning in Mildura, which is currently underway. 

Key Issues, Challenges and Recommendations

At this early stage of the current review, Council has identified the following key issues and reform areas that need to be addressed:

  • Reviewing the structure of the Mixed Use Zone.
  • Reviewing the Particular Provisions section of the planning scheme to look for opportunities to reflect local conditions.
  • Providing an update to the policy framework relating to the Farming Zone as it affects preferred uses, Group Accommodation and Caravan Parks.
  • Developing policy that recognises the benefits of the Sunraysia Modernisation Project and the following emerging industries: sustainable energy (including solar parks and windfarms), mineral sand extraction and agricultural value‚Äźadding industries.
  • The need to identify and protect important industries requiring buffer distances.
  • Enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the planning scheme. 

Additional issues and challenges will be identified from the research and public consultation being undertaken over the coming months.