Growth Area Planning

Growth area planning focuses on Greenfield development on the outskirts of Hume’s urban areas, as a land use and planning solution to population growth. Precinct Structure Plans and Development Contributions Plans guide the direction of land uses and infrastructure required in these areas. Greenfield refers to areas that are previously undeveloped and used for farming. To enable urban development, the transition of land from farming to urban use is guided by a Structure Plan which guides the direction of land uses and infrastructure required.

Development Contributions Plans (DCPs)

When people develop land for any use, they often contribute to or create the need for new or upgraded infrastructure.

Development contributions are payments or works-in-kind towards the provision of infrastructure made by the proponent of a new development. The Planning and Environment Act 1987 allows for development contributions to be provided through the:

  • planning scheme amendment process;
  • planning permit process; or
  • building permit process.

Development contributions are one of a number of options available to local and State government for funding infrastructure.

There are two parts to the Development Contribution Levy:

  1. The Development Infrastructure Levy (DIL) which applies to leviable developments (see below for further details) and contributes to funding development infrastructure such as roads and open space.


  2. The Community Infrastructure Levy applies to funding community infrastructure, such as pavilions in growth area developments. Further information is available on the Community Infrastructure Levy page on the Hume website.

The Development Infrastructure Levy is a financial contribution made by developers prior to the development of their land for urban purposes.

Where a Development Contribution Plan (DCP) Schedule in the Hume Planning Scheme applies to land then the Development Infrastructure Levy must be paid prior to the issue of Statement of Compliance. The summary of the rates as at 1 January 2020 are below.

Development Contribution Plan (DCP)    DIL per Net Development Hectare 
 Merrifield West    $372,621.86
 Greenvale West R3    $199,917.48
 Greenvale Central (North)    $208,710.58
 Greenvale Central (South)    $251,011.22
 Lockerbie (All)    $452,476.75
 Lockerbie (Hume)    $342,971.11
 Lockerbie (Mitchell)    $80,321.06
 Lockerbie (Whittlesea)    $29,184.58
 Craigieburn R2    $246,703.69
 Craigieburn North (Employment)  $248,603.11


The rates should be read in conjunction with the relevant Development Contribution Plan. For more information contact the Strategic Planning Department on (03) 9205 2200.

Infrastructure Contributions Plans (ICPs)

The State Government has introduced the new Infrastructure Contributions Plan system which took effect on 27 October 2016 and replaces the former Development Contributions Plan system. The system is simplified to ensure the planning and delivery of infrastructure to new and growing communities is equitable, efficient and cost effective.

Similar to the purpose of Development Contributions, the Infrastructure Contributions system helps fund essential works and services required for new communities. This includes roads, parks, local sports grounds, kindergartens and child care facilities.

Infrastructure Contributions Plans apply to Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) currently in the Victorian Planning Authority’s (VPA) work plan including the Lindum Vale PSP, Sunbury South PSP, Lancefield Road PSP and Craigieburn West PSP (2018/19).

Existing approved DCPs will continue to operate. For further information and any enquiries about ICPs please visit the DELWP website.

Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs)

Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) are master plans for whole communities and detail road layouts, shopping centres, schools, parks, housing, employment, connections to transport and generally resolve the complex issues of biodiversity, infrastructure provision and council charges. The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is the statutory authority responsible for overseeing the preparation of all precinct structure plans in Melbourne’s growth areas. Council works closely with the VPA on the preparation of PSPs and makes a submission on behalf of Hume City's existing and future communities.

Here is a map of PSPs within the municipality. 

For further information and any enquiries about approved PSPs please contact the Strategic Planning Department on (03) 9205 2200 or the VPA on (03) 9651 9600 or visit the VPA website.

Precinct Structure Plans under preparation by the VPA:

Future Precinct Structure Plans to be confirmed:

  • Merrifield North
  • Sunbury West
  • Sunbury North

For further information and any enquiries about PSPs under preparation and future PSP’s please contact the VPA on (03) 9651 9600 or visit the VPA website.

Updated : 3:31 PM, 8 January 2020

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