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Whitehorse tree controls extended

9 Jan 2019

The Hon Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning has extended the expiry date of interim tree protection controls in the Whitehorse Planning Scheme. 

The interim tree protection controls apply to all residential zoned land in the City of Whitehorse and require landowners to obtain a permit to remove, destroy or lop a tree 5m or greater in height and/or with a trunk circumference of 1.0 metre at 1 metre from the ground. 

The tree protection controls approved by the Minister through Amendment C191 were due to expire on 31 December 2018. The Minister has approved an extension of the controls for six months until 30 June 2019.

Whitehorse Councillor Denise Massoud said the extension of the interim controls will allow Council to complete strategic work that aims to apply the controls on a permanent basis.

“The controls still apply to all land included in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, General Residential Zone, Residential Growth Zone and Low Density Residential Zone that are not already covered by the permanent Schedules 1-8 of the overlay,” Cr Massoud said.

“The interim controls protect established vegetation and landscape character of the municipality while Council undertakes further work to survey the areas not currently covered by the Significant Landscape Overlay.

“It is important to provide some level of protection in the interim while this strategic work and subsequent amendment process are completed.” 

About 60,000 properties across Whitehorse are covered by the interim schedule to the Significant Landscape Overlay.

The new interim controls will remain in place until 30 June 2019.

For more information visit whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Amendment-C191

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