17 Jul 2013

 

  • The Victorian Government has released a new policy: Permitted Clearing of Native Vegetation - Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines (2013).
  • The new policy replaces Victoria's Native Vegetation Management - A Framework for Action (2002) and seeks to ensure that clearing of native vegetation results in no net loss to Victoria's biodiversity. This is a policy shift from the previous requirement for 'net gain'.
  • In September 2013, the new policy will be incorporated into all planning schemes in Victoria. There will also be associated reforms to the State Planning Policy Framework, and planning controls concerning the removal of native vegetation.
  • The reforms will introduce new risk-based pathways for permit applications to remove native vegetation. Most applications will fall in the low risk pathway, which has fewer application requirements than other pathways.
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