The Heart Foundation Victoria is delighted to welcome a significant amendment to the Victorian State Policy Planning Framework.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has gazetted Planning Scheme Amendment VC139 to include Clause 15.01-6: Healthy Neighbourhoods within Built Environment and Heritage.
This amendment marks a significant policy shift in the support for healthy built environments and is a great step in the right direction for planning in Victoria. Not only does the amendment signal the Government’s commitment to achieving healthier communities, it also gives Local Government planners a policy mechanism to demand better health and wellbeing outcomes for new developments.
This planning scheme amendment is the outcome of the collaboration between the State Government and the Heart Foundation over the last three years and closely aligns with the Healthy Active by Design’s Design Features.