C186 - Increase to Public Open Space Contributions

The City of Stonnington has prepared Amendment C186 to the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

The amendment applies to the whole municipality of the City of Stonnington and will apply to all non-exempt residential, mixed use, commercial and industrial subdivisions.

The amendment proposes to increase the public open space contribution rate that currently applies to subdivisions.

Specifically, the amendment proposes to:

  • Replace the Schedule to Clause 52.01 Public Open Space Contribution and Subdivision with a new Schedule that specifies a flat rate of an 8% levy on all non-exempt subdivisions.
  • Make changes to the Municipal Strategic Statement to facilitate the above.


Exhibition of the Amendment commenced on 14 November 2013 and closed on 20 December 2013.


Council received 19 submissions in response to Amendment C186.

Council considered submissions on Amendment C186 at its meeting on 3 February 2014 and resolved to request the Minister for Planning to appoint a Panel to hear all submissions and consider the amendment.

The report taken to Council and the summary of the issues raised in submissions and Council’s response can be found under C186 Council Reports.

Planning Panel

On 26 February 2014, Council received notification from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) that the Minister for Planning, under delegation, has appointed a Panel to consider submissions made to Amendment C186. Upon request, all submitters will be given the opportunity to present at the Panel Hearing. All submissions to the Planning Scheme Amendment have been referred to the Panel.  

The initial Panel Hearing for Amendment C186 scheduled for 2 days (4 & 5 June 2014) was deferred following additional preliminary matters being raised at Panel.

On 4 July 2014 Planning Panel Victoria advised that a public hearing is scheduled to start on Monday 1 December 2014 at Planning Panels Victoria (1 Spring Street, Melbourne).

On 25 November 2014, Planning Panels Victoria issued a revised Hearing Timetable (Version 5) (attached).

The Panel heard submissions over the three days from Council and three submitters.  

Next Steps

Following completion of the Hearing, a Report will be prepared by the Panel and sent to Council. The report is expected to be received by Council in late January 2015.

Following receipt of the Planning Panel’s Report a report will be prepared for Council to consider the recommendations of the Panel. Submitters will be advised on how to access the Panel Report once it becomes available to the general public. When known, submitters will also be advised of the date Council will consider the recommendations of the Panel.

How to find out more

Any enquiries about the amendment should be directed to Alastair McKenzie – Coordinator Strategic Planning on 8290 1370.