A Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) is the section within a planning scheme that establishes the key policy objectives and strategic planning framework for land use planning of a municipality. The MSS guides Council’s land use planning decisions and provides the strategic basis for statutory land use controls.
Victorian Planning and Environment Act 1987
The Victorian Planning and Environment Act 1987 mandates that:
(1) A planning authority which is a municipal council must prepare a municipal strategic statement for its municipal district.
(2) A municipal strategic statement must further the objectives of planning in Victoria to the extent that they are applicable in the municipal district.
(3) A municipal strategic statement must contain—
- (a) the strategic planning, land use and development objectives of the planning authority; and
- (b) the strategies for achieving the objectives; and
- (c) a general explanation of the relationship between those objectives and strategies and the controls on the use and development of land in the planning scheme; and
- (d) any other provision or matter which the Minister directs to be included in the municipal strategic statement.
(4) A municipal strategic statement must be consistent with the current Council Plan for the municipal council approved under section 125 of the Local Government Act 1989.