Bannockburn Growth Plan
Have your say on the Bannockburn Growth Plan.
WHAT IS THE BANNOCKBURN GROWTH PLAN?
The Bannockburn Growth Plan (Growth Plan) will guide the sustainable growth of Bannockburn to the year 2050. The Bannockburn Growth Plan will identify where and when future housing may be developed. It will also identify what infrastructure is needed to support the growing community, such as roads and community facilities, and land for employment and retail.
WHY DOES BANNOCKBURN NEED A GROWTH PLAN?
Bannockburn is one of the fastest growing towns in regional Victoria. The population is expected to reach more than 13,000 people by 2036, but there’s a shortage of land available to develop for new houses. The Bannockburn Growth Plan will identify land for houses and ensure the infrastructure is provided to support these new homes.
Bannockburn is the largest town in Golden Plains Shire. The Victorian Government and Council see it as an ideal place to support Golden Plains’ growing population, thanks to its existing infrastructure and amenity.
VPA FAST TRACK PROGRAM
The Bannockburn Growth Plan and subsequent priority Precinct Structure Plan have been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program.
The project will use the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee to consider unresolved matters and provide advice to the Minister and the VPA prior to VPA finalising the amendment for the Minister for Planning’s consideration.
PREVIOUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
In March 2020, the Victorian Planning Authority and Golden Plains Shire Council asked the Bannockburn community what their priorities were for the future of their town. The community outlined their priorities, including improvements to shopping facilities, transport, recreational facilities and green spaces.
CURRENT ENGAGEMENT OPPPORTUNITY
The VPA has prepared a draft amendment to the Golden Plains Planning Scheme to include the Growth Plan as a Background Document and make changes to the Planning Policy Framework. The draft Amendment will enable future decisions about the town’s growth to be guided by the Growth Plan.
The VPA invites submissions on the Growth Plan and accompanying draft planning scheme amendment documents. You can provide feedback until 5pm 23 November, 2020. To find out more visit the Engage Victoria webpage.
Please feel free to contact Council or VPA staff at any time as per the contact details below.
How you can be involved
26 October – 23 November 2020
Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) staff will be available at various times throughout this period to speak with you about the plan and answer any questions you may have.
You can call the project team at any time during business hours, Monday to Friday.
Additionally, the project team will be available to speak with you over the phone outside of business hours on Tuesday 10 November between 5pm and 7pm.
- Call (03) 9651 9600.
Register your interest to attend an online drop-in-session on Wednesday 18 November from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Engage Victoria.
The session will commence with a short presentation, followed by the opportunity to ask questions of the project team in small break-out groups. You are welcome to leave the meeting at any time.
How to make a submission
Submissions must be made in writing and provided to the VPA via email or post.
You can email your submission to email@example.com, referencing Bannockburn Growth Plan. Alternatively, you can post* your submission to the VPA at:
Victorian Planning Authority
c/- Bannockburn Growth Plan
Level 25, 35 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
*Please note that due to current COVID19 restrictions, access to postal mail is significantly limited. This may cause delays in reviewing your submission. Where possible, please provide your submission via email.
Please note: Submissions provided to the Victorian Planning Authority are part of an open public process where all parties affected by the planning scheme can provide input into the draft amendment. If you choose to make a submission, you consent to your submission being made public, and being identified as the author of the submission. Your submission will be made available for public inspection on the VPA website until two months after gazettal of the resulting planning scheme amendment and will also be made available to relevant Ministers and local councils, and other involved government agencies. In addition, your submission will be made available to developers, landowners, other submitters and interested parties on request. Your submission may be provided in its entirety to a Standing Advisory Committee appointed to advise the Minister for Planning on referred projects and plans and associated draft planning scheme amendments. If you are a private individual, your personal information will be removed from your submission before it is released to parties outside government or local councils. Contact details do not include the address of land which is the subject of your submission. By making a submission, you also give permission for copyright material to be copied and made public. For further information consult the VPA website at www.vpa.vic.gov.au or phone the VPA (9651 9600).
What Happens Next
Monday 26 October, 2020: Submissions open
26 October to 23 November, 2020: Project team consultation period
Tuesday 10 November, 2020: Dedicated phone consultation (after hours)
5.30 to 6.30pm, Wed 18 November, 2020: VPA Virtual Meeting
5pm, Monday 23 November, 2020: Submissions close
December 2020: Review of submissions
February 2021: VPA Projects Standing Authority Committee
May 2021: Approval of Growth Plan and Amendment
26 October, 2020: Submissions open
23 November, 2020: Submissions close
December 2020: Review of submissions
February 2021: VPA SAC
May 2021: Growth Plan approved
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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.
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