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Land-use planning under the Transport Integration Act

The Transport Integration Act 2010 (TIA) recognises that land-use and transport planning are interdependent.

Changes in transport infrastructure alter the demand for different types of land-use. The reverse is also true as land-use decisions can change transport patterns, for example, planning scheme amendments can change the demand for different types of transport services and infrastructure.

In recognition of this interdependence, the TIA places the same obligations on both transport planners and strategic land-use planners.

Transport planners in agencies such as Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, VicRoads, and Public Transport Victoria must have regard to the land-use impacts of decisions.

Land-use planners also have legislative obligations in some circumstances because the TIA brings land-use decisions under the TIA policy framework, where decisions, in relation to planning scheme amendments, are likely to have a significant impact on the transport system.

Interface bodies

Planning authorities under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 are 'interface bodies' under the TIA. For example, when a Municipal council, acting as a planning authority, is preparing a planning scheme amendment that is likely to have a significant impact on the transport system, the council and its officers must have regard to the TIA's transport system objectives and decision making principles.

Other agencies are interface bodies where the activities are likely to have a significant impact on the transport system, for example:

  • the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) when developing the Metropolitan Planning Strategy
    the Growth Areas Authority when preparing precinct structure plans
  • Places Victoria when planning urban renewal projects
  • Major Projects Victoria when delivering some projects
  • the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability and the Environment when making decisions about Crown land
  • Parks Victoria when providing cycling infrastructure.

Municipal Councils are also brought under the TIA when acting as:

  • a coordinating road authority under the Road Management Act 2004
  • a waterway manager under the Marine Safety Act 2010
  • a transport planner,  procurer, provider or enabler of transport services under the Local Government Act 1989
  • a land manager under a series of interface Acts.

How to make land-use decisions under the TIA

An updated Ministerial Direction No.11– Strategic Assessment Amendments has been published.

The Explanatory Report templates and Strategic Assessment Guidelines Checklist have been revised by DPCD to include consideration of the TIA policy framework.

A series of fact sheets have been developed to provide additional information on the TIA.

Documenting your decisions

DOT has prepared a guide for decision makers in local government and interface bodies:

Page last reviewed on 15 May 2015

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