About planning schemes

Each local government area is covered by a planning scheme. A planning scheme is a statutory document that sets provisions, policies and strategies for the use, development and protection of land.

The Cardinia Planning Scheme is set in accordance with the Victorian Government Planning and Environment Act 1987 and it is administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). It contains:

  • an ordinance which sets out the written requirements of a scheme and the types of use or development which needs a permit,
  • maps which show how the land is zoned and overlays affecting the land, and
  • incorporated documentsstrategies, policies and guidelines that are incorporated to form part of the planning scheme.

Use our Council services tool to find planning, zoning and other information related to your property.

Planning schemes can be amended by Council, Ministers and other planning authorities. Landowners can also apply to amend the controls affecting their land. Read about amending a planning scheme at DELWP's website.

Fees apply to planning scheme amendments. View the fees at DELWP's website.

Any person who may be affected by an amendment may make a submission.

It is important to note that submissions to planning scheme amendments are public documents under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Before making a submission, ensure you read our Privacy Collection Notice.

A submission must be received by 5pm on the final day of exhibition to ensure it is considered.

The Victoria Government Gazette provides official notification of actions or decisions, including planning decisions, by the Governor of Victoria, government departments, government authorities, local councils, companies and individuals.

The Gazettes can be found at the Victoria Government Gazette website.

Cardinia Planning Scheme amendments

Amendments on exhibition

No amendments are currently on exhibition.

Active amendments

Amendment C238 - Glismann Road, Beaconsfield
Rezone land in the Glismann Road area to allow for a residential subdivision and apply a Development Plan Overlay and Development Contributions Plan Overlay to the land.

Amendment C262 - 11 Thom Road, Lang Lang
Rezone part of the land from Farming Zone to Neighbourhood Residential Zone to allow the subdivision and development of the land for residential purposes.

Amendment C265 - Pakenham South Employment Precinct Structure Plan
Incorporate the Pakenham South Employment Precinct Structure Plan into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

Amendment C266 - 39 Wattletree Road, Bunyip
Rezones 39 Wattletree Road, Bunyip, to allow for subdivision and development of the land for residential purposes.

Amendment C270 - Inclusion of significant trees into Heritage Overlay
Implement the recommendations of the Cardinia Shire Council, Significant Trees - Statement of Significance (January 2021).

Finalised amendments

Amendment C222 - 85 McNamara Road, Bunyip
Rezone the land to Low Density Residential, apply a Development Plan Overlay, a Design and Development Overlay and delete the Environmental Significance Overlay.
Gazetted on 28 July 2022 - Lapsed

Amendment C226 - Officer Precinct Structure Plan (2011) policy repair
Repair inconsistent policy in the Officer Precinct Structure Plan that was adopted by Council in 2011.
Gazetted on 30 August 2020 - Refused

Amendment C228 - Pakenham Activity Centre
Create the Pakenham Activity Centre Zone and update the plans for Pakenham's town centre.
Gazetted on 30 September 2021 - Approved with changes

Amendment C229 - Southern Brown Bandicoot habitat protection
Apply an Environmental Significance Overlay over key habitat areas of the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.
Gazetted on 22 October 2021 - Lapsed

Amendment C232 - Officer Precinct Structure Plan Town Centre review
Update the Officer Precinct Structure Plan Town Centre and incorporate the plan into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.
Gazetted on 6 March 2020 - Approved with changes

Amendment C234 - Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan
Incorporate the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.
Gazetted on 21 January 2021 - Approved with changes

Amendment C235 - 145 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup
Rezones 145 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup, applies a Development Plan Overlay over the land and corrects the Heritage Mapping Overlay.
Gazetted on 30 July 2020 - Approved with changes

Amendment C240 - Koo Wee Rup Township Strategy implementation
Implement the objectives of the Koo Wee Rup Township Strategy by introducing overlays over various areas in Koo Wee Rup.
Gazetted on 24 February 2022 - Approved with changes

Amendment C241 - Officer Precinct Structure Plan intersections
Apply a Public Acquisition Overlay to facilitate the design and development of signalised intersections in Officer and Beaconsfield.
Gazetted on 17 September 2020 - Approved

Amendment C244 - Pakenham Activity Centre Parking Overlay
Implement the objectives of the Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan (June 2019) via a Parking Overlay to the Pakenham Activity Centre.
Gazetted on 14 November 2019 - Approved with changes

Amendment C249 - Cardinia Planning Scheme corrections
Correct a number of minor zoning and overlay anomalies in the Cardinia Planning Scheme.
Gazetted on 18 February 2021 - Approved with changes

Amendment C250 - Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) review
The Municipal Strategic Statement outlines the strategic planning, land use and development objectives of Cardinia Shire.
Gazetted on 20 November 2020 - Approved with changes

Amendment C257 - Beaconsfield Town Centre Development Plan Overlay
Implement key objectives of the Beaconsfield Structure Plan by applying a Development Plan Overlay (DPO25).
Gazetted on 13 May 2022 - Approved with changes

Amendment C264 - Advertising Signage Design Guidelines
Incorporate the Advertising Signage Design Guidelines as a reference document into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.
Gazetted on 22 October 2021 - Approved

Finalised amendments at DELWP

All amendments, including earlier finalised amendments can be found on DELWP's Cardinia Planning Scheme Amendments page.