Proposed Amendment C148: Update to the Public Open Space Contribution Rates

Consultation closed on 02 August 2019

The Amendment applies across the whole of Monash.

This Amendment proposes to update the public open space contribution rates for all subdivisions of 3 lots or more.

The Amendment:

  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 53.01 to require that all subdivisions of 3 lots or more provide a public open space contribution at a rate of 10%;
  • Introduces a new Local Planning Policy – Clause 22.15: Public Open Space Contributions Policy that sets out the guidance for the process on when, where and how a public open space contribution will be required, including whether in the form of cash in lieu, land or a combination of both; and
  • Replaces Clause 21.10 in the Municipal Strategic Statement with a new Clause 21.10.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter, please email

Interim Panel Report

An Interim Panel Report was released by Planning Panels Victoria on 5 May 2020. The report is interim as the Panel recommend that Council should review the Amendment documents and undertake further work before re-exhibiting the Amendment. Following re-exhibition, the Panel will then reconvene to consider any submissions.

The main area of further work that the Panel recommend is for Council to prepare an implementation plan to support the calculation of the open space levy.

Council is currently considering the Panel recommendations to determine the next steps. A report will be prepared for Council in due course to update the next steps for the Amendment.

Read: Amendment C148 - Interim Panel Report (pdf, 876KB)

Panel Hearings

An independent Planning Panel has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider the Amendment and all submissions that Council received about the Amendment.

The Planning Panel Hearing for the Amendment C148 was held at Planning Panels Victoria over 4 days from Monday 17 February 2020.

Please read detailed timetable: Amendment C148 – updated hearing timetable (pdf, 309KB)

The Panel made the following directions Panel Directions (pdf, 672KB)

Panel Hearing Documents

Amendment C148 - Monash Council Part A Submission (pdf, 251KB)

Part A Submission - Attachment 1 (pdf, 105KB)

Part A Submission - Attachment 2 (pdf, 7MB)

Part A Submission - Attachment 3 (pdf, 18MB)

Part A Submission - Attachment 4 (pdf, 4MB)

Monash Council Part B Submission (pdf, 331KB)

Monash Council Closing Submission in Reply (pdf, 61KB)

Slides Presented by Dr Marcus Spiller – Calculating Public Open Space Contributions (pdf, 1MB)

Council Explanatory Note – Figure 4 and Community Open Space Definitions (pdf, 141KB)

Memo from SGS Economics and Planning – Exclusions from Figure 4 (pdf, 1MB)

Expert Evidence Statements

Amendment C148 - Evidence Statement - Dr Marcus Spiller (pdf, 2MB)

Amendment C148 - Evidence Statement - Dr Marcus Spiller, Appendix B and C (pdf, 5MB)

Amendment C148 - Expert Witness Statement - Matt Ainsaar (pdf, 1MB)

Amendment C148 - Expert Witness Statement - Rob Milner (pdf, 12MB) 

September 2019

Amendment C148 was exhibited between 17 June and 2 August 2019. In response to the consultation on the Amendment, 44 submissions were received.

Council reviewed and considered the submissions at its meeting held on 24 September 2019.

More information:

Report to Council Meeting – 24 September 2019 (pdf, 236KB)

Attachment – Summary of issues raised in the submissions (pdf, 231KB)

As the rezoning has merit and there are submissions which are unable to be resolved, Council has requested the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent Panel to review the Amendment and consider all submissions received.

August 2019

Council sought community views on proposed Amendment C148 to the Monash Planning Scheme during June, July and August 2019.

Public Exhibition

  • Commencement of Public Exhibition: Monday 17 June 2019
  • Completion of Public Exhibition: Friday 2 August 2019

Exhibited Documents

Notice of Amendment (pdf, 447KB)

Explanatory Report (pdf, 298KB)

Instruction Sheet (pdf, 10KB)

Clause 53.01 – Public Open Space Contribution and Subdivision (pdf, 80KB)

Clause 22.15 – Public Open Space Contributions Policy (pdf, 335KB)

Clause 21.10 – Open Space (pdf, 466KB)

Open Space Contribution Rate Planning – Prepared by SGS Economics and Planning (pdf, 3MB)

You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment, free of charge, at the following locations:

  • during office hours, at the office of the planning authority, Monash City Council at 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley and at the Oakleigh Service Centre, 3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh 
  • at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website


At the Council Meeting on 30 October the Council adopted the Monash Open Space Strategy 2018. At the meeting Council recognised a key action of the Monash Open Space Strategy and resolved to authorise the Director City Development to request the Minister for Planning for authorisation to prepare and exhibit an amendment to the Monash Planning Scheme to update the public open space contribution rates for all subdivisions.

Amendment C148 proposes to increase the public open space requirement for subdivisions of 3 lots or more to 10% cash, 10% land, or a mix of both. Currently Council requires a public open space contribution of between 2% and 5% depending on the number of lots created. A contribution rate of 10% has been determined as necessary to deliver a reasonable standard of open space provision across the whole of Monash for a growing population. This contribution rate reflects the need to ensure that all residents in the future have contributed to providing an appropriate level of public open space services and recognises a need of 30 square metres per person.

For more information, read Monash Open Space Strategy


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