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State Planning Policy 5/10 Air, Noise and Hazardous Materials

Note: the State Planning Policy 5/10 Air, Noise and Hazardous Materials is effective from 2 May 2011.

The development of sensitive land uses (like houses) near industry, can impact on community and human health, wellbeing, amenity and safety.

Industrial activities are important to the economy for the provision of goods and services but may cause impacts from air, noise and odour emissions, as well as from hazardous materials. Appropriate planning is necessary to maintain a balance which protects the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals, while allowing for sensible industrial development.

Existing management framework

The potential impacts of most industrial activities, including the impacts from air, noise and odour emissions and the impacts from hazardous materials, are currently managed on a site-specific basis through assessment and conditioning of activities. This framework exists under the Environment Protection Act 1994 and the Dangerous Goods Safety Management Act 2001. As part of the assessment process, potential air, noise and odour impacts are evaluated against the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008 (PDF)* and the Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008 (PDF)*. However this framework does not apply when:

  • preparing planning instruments (like a local planning scheme)
  • assessing the impacts of sensitive land uses (like houses) that encroach on industrial land uses.

As a result, sensitive land uses can be exposed to air, noise and odour emissions and the impacts of hazardous materials. This can also lead to impacts on the viable operation of industry.

The policy

The policy complements the existing management framework by providing a more strategic focus on the location of industrial land uses. The policy will ensure that planning instruments provide strategic direction about:

  • where industrial land uses should be located to protect communities and individuals from the impacts of air, noise and odour emissions, and the impacts from hazardous materials
  • how land for industrial land uses will be protected from unreasonable encroachment by incompatible land uses.

For further information, refer to frequently asked questions (PDF, file unavailable)*

Download the State Planning Policy 5/10 Air, Noise and Hazardous Materials (PDF, file unavailable)*

Local planning instruments, structure plans and master plans

Local planning instruments, structure plans and master plans are prepared by local governments to manage growth and change in their area.

To provide strategic direction on the location and protection of land for industrial land uses, the policy has a section on making or amending local planning instruments, structure plans and master plans. The policy particularly focuses on the relationship and compatibility of zones for industry and zones for sensitive land uses.

Further information on how local governments should reflect the policy in local planning instruments can be found in the standard advice sheet for making or amending local planning instruments (PDF, file unavailable)*.

Development assessment

The Integrated Development Assessment System is the process for assessing and deciding development applications at the site level, including assessment against local planning instruments. Under the planning legislation, local governments are not required to immediately remake or review their local planning instruments upon commencement of a new State planning policy. Accordingly, this policy has a section for specific development assessment decisions that apply only until a local government has reflected the intent of the policy in their local planning instruments. The section on development assessment applies where defined sensitive uses are proposed within a mapped management area.

Further information on how the policy impacts upon the development assessment process can be found in the standard advice sheet for development assessment (PDF, file unavailable)*.

Mapped management areas

The policy guideline

The policy is supported by a guideline that provides information and advice on implementing it.

Download the State Planning Policy 5/10 Guideline (PDF, file unavailable)*.

More information

For more information on this policy contact your local government office, local Department of Environment and Heritage Protection office or call 13 74 68.

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Last updated
21 July 2011