Our Draft Future Plan for Growth
Council is currently preparing a plan to set the overall direction for how our Shire should grow up to 2050, called the Growing Places Strategy (GPS). We’re getting on the front foot to carefully plan for increasing growth pressure (learn more in the ‘background’ below).
Over the past two years we’ve commissioned a range of independent studies and research to help inform the GPS. We’ve used this background research, strongly guided by the key objectives of the Community Vision 2040, to develop a draft ‘future growth scenario’ that shows where housing and population growth could occur over time: at 2030, 2040 and 2050.
Watch this short video for an overview of the draft plan, or alternatively you can read more in the fact sheet: Our Draft Future Plan for Growth.
The proposed draft future growth scenario has two key objectives:
- Extending growth that is already happening along our borders, supported by existing services and infrastructure (Cambrian Hill and areas around Stonehaven)
- Focussing growth where it can attract much-needed investment in services and infrastructure to benefit a township and the communities around it (Meredith, Teesdale, Lethbridge)
Together these two approaches seek to balance the benefits of population growth with the importance of preserving the uniqueness of Golden Plains.
Background: Population growth and why we need to plan
Melbourne’s population is now larger, and growing faster, than Sydney’s. By 2033 it’s predicted that Melbourne will have an estimated 6.1 million people.
The Victorian Government has said that Melbourne’s suburbs and Victoria’s regional cities will provide most of the new homes people need to live in because they have existing services and infrastructure to support it. But every Council must plan for growth .
We commissioned an independent report into how much housing we may need to provide in Golden Plains.
It showed that due to our location between Geelong and Ballarat, and because we are within the 100km of metropolitan Melbourne, we have a unique opportunity to secure more benefits for our community by accommodating some flow on growth into our Shire. These benefits align with many aspirations of our Community Vision 2040, like more investment in services and infrastructure, a stronger local workforce, and new businesses and entertainment options.
It also showed that we could experience stronger growth pressure than what the State Government predicts. This means we should have plans in place to make sure it goes in the right locations, to avoid less favourable outcomes. Find out more in our fact sheet: Growth in Our Region.
How you can be involved
We know there may be questions about this draft future growth scenario so we want to talk with our community to explain our thinking and answer any questions. We also want to know if, in addition to the comprehensive research and evidence base we have already established, there are any other important factors we should consider or investigate.
It is too early to talk about and take feedback on details like exact numbers of new houses in a town and specifically where they might go, how the housing might look, or what infrastructure is needed. But there will be opportunities for the community to provide input into all of these considerations after the GPS is developed and more detailed planning work is undertaken.
To learn about the draft future growth scenario, you can:
- Read a copy of the Informing Document: Growing Places 2051 which summarises all the background research and the draft future growth scenario
- Find out more detail about the background research by reviewing the technical reports and studies in full – see the Strategic Planning Projects section on our website
- Review our fact sheets which explain Growth in Our Region and what this means for us, and Our Draft Future Plan for Growth and how this has been informed.
To find out more and ask questions you can:
- Come along to one of our online or in-person information sessions (visit our events page to register)
- Review the Growing Places FAQs, or email your question to [email protected] we will respond
- Call us on 5220 7111
To provide formal feedback about other important factors we should consider or investigate you can:
- email [email protected]
- Write to: Strategic Planning, Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn 3111
Feedback needs to be received by Friday 28 July 2023.
Developing the Growing Places Strategy will take time and involves many different steps, and then implementing the GPS is a long-term process and will not happen for some years.
Once we have tested the draft growth scenario with the community to make sure we haven’t missed any important considerations, we will develop a full draft of the Growing Places Strategy with an action plan.
You will then have another opportunity to review the full Draft GPS and provide feedback, before Council considers the plan for endorsement.
Once endorsed, the GPS will need to be integrated into our Planning Scheme (or ‘rulebook’ about how land can be used) through a Planning Scheme Amendment. You can find out more about all the steps in our fact sheet: Growth in Our Region and stay informed via this page.
- 2021/2022: Background research
- Mid-2023: Developing and testing a future growth scenario
- 2023: Preparing and consulting on a draft GPS and action plan
- 2024: Adopting a final GPS
- 2024: Preparing and consulting on a Planning Scheme Amendment to incorporate the GPS into the Golden Plains Planning Scheme (the ‘rule book’)
- 2024: Submitting the Planning Scheme Amendment to the Minister for Planning for final approval.