Submissions have now closed

Planning Scheme Amendment C186dare, which seeks to increase the Open Space Levy, was on exhibition from 30 September to 31 October 2021.

On 12 September 2022, Council’s Planning Committee will consider a report including a summary of submissions and officers’ responses, and recommendations on next steps for Amendment C186dare.

The agenda for the meeting, which includes the report and attachments, is available on Council’s website.

About Amendment C186dare

Access to open space is essential to health and wellbeing. Melbourne's population is increasing – more people are living in higher density dwellings and the amount of open space we have per person is decreasing. People living in apartments and in subdivided blocks have access to less open space now than we traditionally had in larger house blocks.

Council is proposing to increase the open space levy to ensure Darebin continues to be a great place to live. Council will use the open space levy to improve the quality and quantity of open space within Darebin.

Council is proposing an amendment to the planning scheme to increase the open space levy rate for all eligible subdivisions from 2-5% to 10% by amending the schedule to Clause 53.01 (Public Open Space Contributions and Subdivision) and associated changes to Council’s Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).

The Amendment was first exhibited in late 2019, after which the amendment was paused to allow Council to undertake some further work. Three additional reports have been developed to support Planning Scheme Amendment C186dare. These are Implementing Breathing Space, Enhancing Breathing Space, and the Open Space Contributions Justification Report. Together with Breathing Space: Darebin Open Space Strategy and Open Space Contributions Review (SGS Economics and Planning), these documents form the strategic justification for the increase to the open space levy.

View the documents

You can view the documents to the right of this page

You can also find the Frequently Asked Questions to the right of this page.

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Online engagement sessions

Council held two online information sessions, where the community could find out more about these proposed changes and ask general questions.

To view the online presentation you can watch the video recording

Open space levy infographic

What's happened so far?

What's happened so far?

At its meeting on 23 August 2021, Council adopted further strategic work prepared in support of Amendment C186dare, which updates the Open Space Levy View the meeting agenda and minutes . You can also watch the meeting live online.

The further work has produced Implementing Breathing Space and Enhancing Open Space, which together guide the implementation of Breathing Space: Darebin Open Space Strategy. An Open Space Contribution Justification Report’ was also produced that supports Council’s proposed open space levy.

Following Council adoption, a Directions Hearing (a preliminary, administrative hearing) was held on 30 August 2021 where Planning Panels Victoria supported Council’s request to undertake public exhibition of the further work which supports Amendment C186dare.

The Amendment was on exhibition from 30 September to 31 October 2021. For more information about what has happened so far for this project you can view the Open Space Levy history document to the right of this page.

What's next?

Submissions have now closed.

At the Planning Committee Meeting on 12 September 2022, Council will consider a report including a summary of submissions and officers’ responses, and recommendations on next steps for Amendment C186dare.

The agenda for the meeting, which includes the report and attachments, is available on Council’s website.

If you have any questions about the proposed planning scheme amendment, please contact Hamish Jacobsen on 8470 8141 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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

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