Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018

Current Status

Council has commissioned consultants Ethos Urban to undertake the Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018 project. The project is in the first stage which includes collating data on existing issues and consulting with community members and other interested parties regarding any current or emerging planning issues.

We are inviting community members to attend a workshop or provide a written submission to the project.



To gain an idea of current and emerging planning issues that should be addressed in the review, a series of workshops is being held with local community groups, government agencies and frequent planning scheme users. 


Community Workshop

Date:           Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Time:           6pm to 7.30pm
Venue:        Committee Room, Deakin Customer Service Centre.  

People should express their interest in attending the workshop by close of business, Friday, 8 December 2017.

You can register your interest in attending this workshop by sending an email to, or by contacting the Strategic Planning Team directly by phone on (03) 5018 8419.


How to get involved

The community will have a number of opportunities to have their say during the project, at events, via surveys and online feedback forms.

Please register your interest in the project, sign up for project updates, and/or tell us you would like to be involved in the upcoming workshops by providing your details via email to

To view the Mildura Planning Scheme online please visit:

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:

If you are unable to attend a workshop and would like to discuss the Mildura Planning Scheme Review project with a Strategic Planning team member, you can contact Phoebe Wilson | Strategic Planner at the Deakin Avenue Service Centre by calling us on (03) 5018 8419.

Project Progress/Timeline

Event Date
Consultation Round 1 27 November 2017 to 13 December 2017



Mildura Planning Scheme Review 2018


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.