Amendment C115

All land covered by the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO)

Release of Panel report

In early 2013, Council sought community feedback on proposed changes to Monash's Vegetation Protection Overlay. The proposed changes were aimed at making it easier for landowners to remove significant trees. The changes were put forward as Amendment C115 to the Monash Planning Scheme.

Council received 391 submissions from the community about the proposed changes. At its April 2013 meeting, Council decided to refer the submissions to an independent Review Panel for consideration. The Panel considered all written submissions and also considered verbal submissions made at hearings held at the Monash Civic Centre in June.

In mid-August, Council received the Panel's report (pdf, 788KB). In summary, the Panel recommends that the Amendment be abandoned and that the existing VPO be retained. The Panel also recommends Council undertake additional work to "better determine vegetation values (with expert and community input) and to review planning policies as part of an integrated approach towards vegetation protection and management".

Council had three options:

  • to abandon the Amendment
  • to proceed with the Amendment (which would require final approval by the State Planning Minister) or
  • to investigate possible changes to the Amendment.

Monash Council decided to abandon the Amendment as recommended by the independent Planning Panel:

Amendment C115 - Panel Report (pdf, 788KB)

Ministerial Authorisation Number:    AO2448

Relevant dates:

  • Commencement of Public Exhibition:    7 February 2013
  • Completion of Public Exhibition:           15 March 2013
  • Panel Directions Hearing:                    31 May 2013
  • Panel Merits Hearing:                  17, 18 and 19 June 2013
  • Panel Report Received:               13 August 2013
  • Abandoned on 24 September 2013

The Amendment affects:

  • All land covered by the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) as shown in grey below.

Amendment C115 - VPO Map

The purpose of the Amendment is to modify Schedule 1 to the Vegetation Protection Overlay by including the following the exemptions from requiring a planning permit to remove a tree:

  • The removal of any tree where the tree will be replaced by two new plantings (which can be planted anywhere on the same property) and which will grow to become canopy trees with spreading crowns, to the satisfaction of the responsible authority.
    Prior to the removal of the tree for which the exemption is sought, a plan or simple diagram of the site identifying the tree to be removed and the species and planting location of the two replacement tree plantings, must be submitted to and endorsed by the responsible authority.
    The two replacement tree plantings must be planted within six months of the tree removal taking place and then appropriately maintained to the satisfaction of the responsible authority.
  • Non native trees and environmental weeds.
  • For tree maintenance or where a tree is being maintained in accordance with a management program, developed by a suitably qualified arborist.
  • Dead, dying or dangerous trees.
  • The removal of a tree necessary for the construction of a dwelling, dwelling extension or outbuilding where no planning permit is required subject to a building permit having been granted and tree(s) are only removed from the building footprint or within 2 metres of the proposed building.

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Last updated: 24 August 2016