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Retailers celebrate restricted zoning reforms

Victorian retailers have welcomed news the state Government is looking to enact reforms to the definitions of ‘restricted retail’ zoning, to include a wider number of retail types in an effort to boost economic development.

Currently, a ‘restricted retail’ premise can only sell items from a limited list. According to Planning Minister Matthew Guy, it makes sense to enact the reforms and remove the red tape that stops more items being sold at a ‘restricted retail’ premise.

”We intend to amend the definition of ‘restricted retail’ – outdoor equipment, recreational supplies, pet supplies, homewares, baby equipment and accessories, sporting, cycling and children’s play equipment and other accessories,” Guy said at the Bulky Goods Retailers Association forum in Melbourne last week, adding that the reforms will look at allowing bulky goods retail developments in industrial zones.

“These changes go to the very core of the Victorian Coalition Government’s agenda to stimulate growth, jobs and the economy. Where the planning system can improve economic growth, the Coalition Government will continue to make the necessary changes and improvements. Quite often simple changes can make a big difference.”

“These proposed changes are supported by the Productivity Commission’s retail competition report issued this earlier month and could create thousands more jobs in Victoria.”

Guy said the potential changes won’t mean retailers in ‘restricted retail’ areas no longer require a permit, but will allow councils to consider a permit based on its merit.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to growing our employment base in many areas, and planning is key to removing the impediments and red tape that can unfortunately choke the system at times.”