Planning Scheme Review

All Victorian local governments are required to undertake a Planning Scheme Review under Section 12B of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 within twelve months of adoption of a new four year Council Plan.

We are currently reviewing our Planning Scheme to ensure it not only aligns with current State and local policy directions but also remains relevant and meets the needs of our community.

Planning Scheme review 2022

Our Planning Scheme review 2022 is currently underway. The topics we are focussing on as part of this consultation are:

•           Residential development and housing capacity

•           Open space

•           Heritage

•           Neighbourhood character

•           Activity centre planning and growing jobs

•           Trees

•           Environment, sustainability and climate emergency

•           Transport

We are inviting all members of the Stonnington community, along with various stakeholder groups and State Government agencies and departments to give feedback.

Once we have gathered feedback, a report will be prepared and presented to Council for endorsement prior to being published in late 2022.

For more information and to give feedback, visit

Previous review

The last review of the Stonnington Planning Scheme was finalised in 2018, as required under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The review assessed the Planning Scheme against the Council Plan 2017-2021 and Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, and evaluated whether the Scheme was relevant, cohesive and aligned to State and local policy directions. The review also incorporated information from various stakeholder groups such as senior City of Stonnington officers, state government agencies and departments, and members of the community.

An inventory of actions was then developed and categorised for the short, medium and long term.

View Stonnington Scheme Review Report - May 2018(PDF, 7MB)

What is a Planning Scheme Review

The document below, also available on the Victorian Government's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, explains what a Planning Scheme Review is and suggests a process for conducting and reporting a review.

View Planning Practice Note 32: Review of Planning Schemes(PDF, 213KB)