Hepburn Shire Council has prepared Planning Scheme Amendment C54 to the Hepburn Planning Scheme.

The purpose of the Planning Scheme Amendment C54 is to implement the findings of the Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015 by introducing planning controls to protect significant trees identified in the strategy as being of importance to the municipality.

Council called for nominations from the community for suitable trees to be included in the Register and received a total of 70 nominations.  Assessments of the nominated trees were subsequently undertaken.

The Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015 contains recommendations for the inclusion of trees or groups of trees onto Council’s Significant Tree Register and the application of the Heritage Overlay or the Vegetation Protection to protect these trees.  The Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015 provides clear guidelines about how to manage the vegetation identified in the Report.

The application of the Heritage Overlay (with tree controls included in the Schedule) and the Vegetation Protection Overlay will mean that planning permit applications would be required to remove or lop trees included in these overlays under this Amendment.


EXHIBITION

The proposed amendment was on exhibition from 9 July 2015 to 10 August 2015.  Submissions have now closed.

DOCUMENTATION

Hepburn Significant Tree Register – Statements of Significance Report 2015

Proposed Changes to the Hepburn Planning Scheme can be viewed at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/publicinspection

Any questions relating to Planning Scheme Amendment C54 can be directed to planningenquiries@hepburn.vic.gov.au or phone Strategic Planning on 5321 6427.

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