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Existing and future hearings of Planning Panels Victoria - memo

Advice from:
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
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POSITION OF PLANNING PANELS VICTORIA FOR EXISTING AND FUTURE HEARING MATTERS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is exploring a number of options to progress current and new matters, but we will need to change our practices.

Primarily we are seeking to minimise face to face contact and gatherings of people.

This will require the cooperation of all involved in the PPV process.

We will be consulting with all submitters and parties in relation to alternative arrangements for hearings, and any arrangements that are put in place will be consistent with the requirements for procedural fairness.

For the time being, it is unlikely that new face to face hearings will be scheduled. Directions Hearing for all new matters will be undertaken on the papers.

Options for hearings on the papers, or using technology such as teleconferencing or video conferencing are being explored.

Each Chair/Panel will review its current matters and will provide advice on a process going forward direct to its submitters.

Some imminent hearings with multiple submitters and parties are likely to be postponed in the short term while options are explored.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time for our community.

Kathy Mitchell, Chief Panel Member, Planning Panels Victoria