Local planning policy can advance requirements for local development.
The City of Moonee Valley, a local government municipality in Melbourne, Victoria, made an amendment (C108) that introduces a new Local Planning Policy, ‘Stormwater Management (Water Sensitive Urban Design)’ to Clause 22.03 of the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. At the time of the amendment in Victoria, a statewide policy in the Victorian Planning Policy (VPP) required residential subdivisions to meet best practice objectives for stormwater treatment (removal of 45% of Total Nitrogen, 45% of Total Phosphorus and 80% of Total Suspended Solids). However, the state policy only affected residential developments undergoing subdivision. The local stormwater management policy in Moonee Valley established requirements for other types of developments to demonstrate compliance with best practice performance objectives for stormwater treatment.