About planning schemes

Each local government area in Victoria is covered by a planning scheme, in accordance with the Victorian Government Planning and Environment Act 1987 is administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). It is a statutory document which sets out objectives, policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land.

The Cardinia Planning Scheme sets out how land is protected and how it can be used and developed in Cardinia Shire.

A planning scheme consists of:

  • 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 documentsstudies, strategies, guidelines and policies that are incorporated to form part of the planning scheme.

Use our Community Compass map search to find planning, zoning and other useful information related to a property.

A planning scheme can be amended by Council, the Minister for Planning or any other Minister or planning authority specified in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Landowners may also apply to amend the controls affecting their land.

Read about amending the planning scheme at DELWP's website.

Fees are required to be paid for planning scheme amendments.

View the fees at DELWP's website.

Any person affected by an amendment is entitled to 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 for notifications given under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

To ensure a submission is considered, it must be received no later than 5pm on the final day of exhibition.

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.

View recent Gazettes on the Victoria Government Gazette website.

Cardinia Planning Scheme amendments

Amendments on exhibition

Glismann Road Area

Amendment C238 rezones land in the Glismann Road Area to a residential zone to allow for residential subdivision using a development plan and development contributions plan.

View Amendment C238.

Active amendments

85 McNamara Road, Bunyip

Amendment C222 rezones 85 McNamara Road, Bunyip, and applies a Development Plan Overlay to the land.

View Amendment C222.

Officer Precinct Structure Plan (September 2011) policy repairs

Amendment C226 repairs inconsistent policy in the Officer Precinct Structure Plan that was adopted by Council in 2011.

View Amendment C226.

Pakenham Activity Centre

Amendment C228 creates the Pakenham Activity Centre Zone and updates the plans for Pakenham's town centre.

View Amendment C228.

Southern Brown Bandicoot habitat protection

Amendment C229 applies an Environmental Significance Overlay over the key habitat areas of the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.

View Amendment C229.

Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan

Amendment C234 incorporates the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

View Amendment C234.

Koo Wee Rup built form improvement

Amendment C240 introduces planning overlays and lists the Township Strategy and the Urban Design Guidelines as reference documents in the Cardinia Planning Scheme

View Amendment C240.

Officer Precinct Structure Plan intersections

Amendment C241 applies a Public Acqusition Overlay to facilitate the design and development of signalised intersections in Officer and Beaconsfield.

View Amendment C241.

Fix anomalies in the Cardinia Planning Scheme

Amendment C249 corrects a number of minor zoning and overlay anomalies in the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

View Amendment C249.

Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) review

The Municipal Strategic Statement outlines the strategic planning, land use and development objectives of Cardinia Shire.

View Amendment C250.

Advertising Signage Design Guidelines

Amendment C264 incorporates the Advertising Signage Design Guidelines as a reference document into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

View Amendment C264.

Pakenham South Employment Precinct Structure Plan

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

View Amendment C265.

Recently completed amendments

Officer Precinct Structure Plan Town Centre review

Amendment C232 incorporates an updated version of the Officer Precinct Structure Plan, which is focussed on the town centre, into the Cardinia Planning Scheme.

View Amendment C232.

Pakenham Activity Centre Parking Overlay

Amendment C244 implements the objectives of the Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan (June 2019) via a Parking Overlay to the Pakenham Activity Centre.

View Amendment C244.

Officer Precinct Structure Plan (September 2011) policy repairs

Amendment C226 repairs inconsistent policy in the Officer Precinct Structure Plan that was adopted by Council in 2011.

View Amendment C226.

145 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup

Amendment C235 rezones 145 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup, applies a Development Plan Overlay over the land and corrects the Heritage Mapping Overlay.

View Amendment C235.

Finalised amendments

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