Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare has been approved by the Minister for Planning and the Darebin Development Contributions Plan (DCP) has been implemented in the Darebin Planning Scheme. The DCP places a levy on new development to help fund infrastructure for our growing community over the next 20 years.

You can view the approved amendment documents on the Department of Transport and Planning website, or in the document library to the right hand side of this page.

More information about the proposed Development Contributions Plan levy

Darebin’s population is expected to grow from 165,000 in 2019 to more than 230,000 in 2041 and new and upgraded infrastructure will be required to meet the needs of the future community.

A Development Contributions Plan is a common tool used by local governments to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure is shared between developers and the wider community on a fair and equitable basis.

What types of development will be affected by the development levy?

The approved Schedule to the Development Contributions Plan Overlay provides a list of all developments that are exempt from the DCP and allows you to estimate the amount of levy applicable to a non-exempt development.

If you have any questions about the DCP, you can contact Hamish Jacobsen on 8470 8141 or email

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.

Frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ section.

What’s happened so far?

At its meeting on 29 June, 2020 Council resolved to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to start the Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare process to introduce the new municipal wide Development Contributions Plan (DCP) into the Darebin Planning Scheme.

On July 30, 2020 Council received authorisation to prepare Amendment C170dare from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, under delegation from the Minister for Planning.

The amendment was on public exhibition from 12 November to 14 December 2020 and community members and stakeholders were invited to make written submissions during this time.

A Council meeting was held on 22 March 2021 where Council considered all submissions and resolved to request that the Minister for Planning appoint an independent Planning Panel to consider Amendment C170dare.

Following the appointment of a Planning Panel, a Directions Hearing was held on Friday 16 April and a four-day Main Hearing was held on 24, 25, 26 and 28 May 2021.

Due to COVID-19 and the associated physical distancing requirements, the Panel Hearing for Darebin Planning Scheme Amendment C170dare was held by video conference .

You can view the expert evidence reports and Council’s Part A submission to the Hearing below.

Council's Part A submission

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 1

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 2

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 3

Council's Part A submission - Attachment 4

Alex Hrelja (HillPDA) Expert Evidence

Jason Black (Insight Planning) Expert Evidence

Following the conclusion of the Hearing, the Panel prepared a report with recommendations about the amendment for Council’s consideration.

Amendment C170dare Panel Report

Council adopted Amendment C170dare at its Planning Committee meeting on 14 February, 2022. Council considered the Planning Panel report and adopted all recommendations except one. Please read the Council report for Planning Committee 14 February 2022 for further details.

The Minister for Planning subsequently approved Amendment C170dare, with changes, and it was gazetted on 25 January 2023.

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