Our planning framework is made up of legislative and statutory planning tools which are used to manage development of places and buildings, subdivision and other planning matters within each of our four Redevelopment Areas.
See the diagram and further explanation of each of these tools below:
Legislative tools are prepared under legislative processes and are formal legal documents that must be consistently applied and adhered to. MRA legislative tools are:
- The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Act 2011 is the legislation that enabled the establishment of the MRA. It outlines the MRA’s responsibilities and guides our operation.
- The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Regulations 2011 is subsidiary legislation that explains matters prescribed in the Act such as fees, the required information for development applications and activities that do not require development approval.
- Redevelopment Schemes sets the provisions for development and use of land within each Redevelopment Area and enables the preparation of other statutory planning documents. Currently MRA administers five Redevelopment Schemes across our four Redevelopment Areas.
Statutory tools are plans and documents adopted under the powers of each Redevelopment Scheme, but they are not part of the Scheme itself. They establish a land use planning system, provide processes for assessment of development applications and provide management powers for other planning matters. MRA’s statutory planning tools include:
- Planning Policies are guiding documents that outline MRA’s position on key planning issues (such as sustainable development, heritage or affordable housing) and how they should be dealt with in redevelopment projects. All development applications must generally comply with the policies that apply to their redevelopment area and that are relevant to the type of development being proposed.
- Design Guidelines set out the requirements for building design and development standards for land within a specific project area or precinct. They include standards for aspects such as building design, materials, height, setbacks and car parking.
- Heritage Inventories and Strategies are a comprehensive record of buildings, sites or objects recognised by MRA as having cultural heritage significance.
- Structure Plans are graphical plans and supporting documents that set the structure and layout of a defined area proposed for redevelopment. They typically identify the road and lot layout, proposed different uses of land, areas of public open space and general housing form or density.
- Development Contribution Plans are documents setting out the infrastructure and public amenities required for a project area and their associated costs. The plans set out the required payment or other contribution from landowners within the project area towards these costs, from which they will benefit when they redevelop or sell their land.