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Amendment C191 was gazetted on 8 February 2018 on an interim basis to apply a Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) to all residential zoned land not already in an SLO in the CIty of Whitehorse.
More specifically, the amendment seeks to:
- apply a new Schedule 9 to the SLO on an interim basis to all residential land in the municipality not currently included in the SLO, including those areas covered by the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO);
- update the planning scheme maps 1SLO – 6SLO inclusive on an interim basis;
- amends the Schedule to Clause 61.03 to update the maps applying to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme; and
- lists a new reference document in Schedule 9 to the SLO – Municipal Wide Tree Study Options and Recommendations Report June 2016.
The interim SLO controls are sought while permanent SLO controls are concurrently being pursued by Council as Council is concerned that tree removal will continue to occur across the municipality before permanent controls can be introduced.
The SLO9 requires a Permit to remove, destroy or lop a tree which is greater than 5 metres in height and/or has a single trunk circumference of 1.0m or greater at a height of 1 metre above ground level. It is noted that a Permit is not required to remove a tree if the tree is outside the minimum street setback in the Residential Growth Zone.
The interim controls will expire on 31 December 2018. Given it is unlikely that the full process of an amendment will be undertaken during this time, this expiry date may be extended until 2019.
There are no transitional provisions applicable to the SLO and therefore will apply to any existing applications with Council.
If you have a current application or are looking to develop land within the City of Whitehorse that may be impacted by this Amendment, get in contact with ratio: to discuss your application.
Author: Alexandra Wade, ratio: Senior Planner