Planning Law

Subject ABPL30021 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1 x 2 hours of lectures per week; 1 x 1 hour studio per week.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


ABPL20016 (705-219) Planning and Development Management

OR 100 points of Law subjects

OR permission of lecturer

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

The subject begins with an outline of the structure and content of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The process for preparing and amending planning schemes is examined, followed by the structure and content of planning schemes, using a Melbourne municipal planning scheme as a case study. The planning permit process is discussed, with particular attention to factors affecting the exercise of discretion by planning authorities. This leads to an examination of the appeal process and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, judicial review of planning-related decisions and issues of enforcement. The subject concludes with an examination of heritage controls.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework within which urban planning takes place both in Victoria and other jurisdictions.
  • Understand the ways in which local provisions (e.g. ‘Planning Schemes' in Victoria) can be used to implement plans by regulating development.
  • Have the capacity to operate in and change the current legal and statutory systems to produce better outcomes.
  • Written assignments not exceeding 3000 words (40%);
  • A two-hour examination (60%).
Prescribed Texts:

D.Eccles & T.Bryant, Statutory Planning in Victoria, 3rd edition. 2006.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in:

  • research;
  • critical analysis and writing;
  • experience with group work.
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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Property and Construction
Bachelor of Property and Construction (Honours)

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