COUNCIL has adopted a significant update to Greater Bendigo's planning scheme, voting to implement recommendations of a 2019 review.
An agenda for Monday's council meeting described the amendment as "the biggest update ever" made to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme.
It will implement the recommendations of a 2019 review into the scheme, and reformat the policy to comply with new statewide Planning Policy Framework.
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Councillor Andrea Metcalf described the amendment as a "big tidy up" of the planning scheme.
Cr Metcalf said the amendment better aligned state policy with municipal policy.
Councillor Margaret O'Rourke said the topic might come across as bland, but it was a significant piece of work, that was well overdue.
Cr O'Rourke thanked all the council staff involved for their efforts.
The amendment replaces Bendigo's existing Municipal Strategic Statement and Local Planning Policies.
It also introduces recommendations from documents the City of Greater Bendigo previously adopted, including the Rural Areas Strategy, Public Space Plan and Walk, Cycle Greater Bendigo Strategy.
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The city received 10 submissions about the strategy.
Council initially adopted the Planning Scheme Review in March 2019.
It found that the planning scheme was operating well, but had several fundamental policy gaps.
These were affecting council's ability to guide development of the municipality, an agenda report stated.
Cr Fyffe also spoke in support of the motion.
It comes as the city voted to put its proposed 2021-22 budget out for public comment.
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