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Inverleigh Structure Plan

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Council adopted the Inverleigh Structure Plan at its meeting on 26th March 2019.



The Structure Plan indicates a preferred layout of residential, commercial, community and other land uses based on a 15 year outlook. 

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

The final Structure Plan brings together the findings and outcomes of open and extended consultation, including surveys, workshops, listening posts, conversations and written submissions.

The document presents all this as dialogue to accompany the Framework Plan.

The Framework Plan is the visual presentation for guiding the future growth and development of Inverleigh.  It will become the compass for rezoning and planning applications. You can view a video which brings together the final plan, the findings and outcomes of open and extended consultation, including surveys, workshops, listening posts, conversations and written submissions here.

Together, the Inverleigh Structure Plan and Framework Plan provide capacity for Inverleigh to sustain its current growth rate with sufficient infrastructure to support this. 

Some of the key points of the Inverleigh Structure Plan are:

  • Retaining the town boundary
  • Removal of the minimum 1 and 2 ha minimum lot sizes in the Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) to be consistent with the LDRZ provisions across the shire
  • Inclusion of new flood mapping.
  • Incorporating the findings of the feasibility study of the western edge of town for residential growth
  • Expansion of the township (as LDRZ) in response to the closure of the broiler farm
  • Responding to the Strategic Bushfire Assessment undertaken for the town

Embedded in the plans are the valued character elements and features of Inverleigh which will endure as the town continues to progress. Things like protection of the natural environment including the rivers, the heritage, the town boundary, the village atmosphere and role as a meeting place.

These features are all expressed in the Plan and accompanying objectives and strategies. They will comprise the formal planning policy to be inserted into the Golden Plains Planning Scheme. 

Council has also prepared a Facts and Questions flyer regarding restrictive covenants which can be viewed here. A number of properties in Inverleigh are subject to a restrictive covenant which will be of interest should the minimum lot size in Inverleigh change.   

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

To see passage of the plan into the Golden Plains Planning Scheme, a prescribed consultation process is required by the Planning and Environment Act 1987.  Preparation of the planning scheme amendment will commence in the coming months.

Submissions will be called for as part of the planning scheme amendment process. Council will provide a 60 day period for submissions to be made. Public notices in local circulating papers will advise when the exhibition period commences. 

Council encourages submissions to the planning scheme amendment and each submission will be presented to Council for consideration. Council can then decide to make changes in response to submissions received, or alternatively refer the submissions to an independent Planning Panel appointed by the Minister.

Officers from the Strategic Planning team can be contacted to discuss the details of the Structure Plan at any time. 


  • June 2019: Preparation of amendment documentation and seek authorisation to prepare and exhibit amendment from the Minister for Planning
  • July – Aug 2019: 60 days for exhibition of planning scheme amendment
  • Oct 2019: Report to Council
  • Dec 2019: Panel Hearing

Contact Information

Laura Wilks
Team Leader, Strategic Planning
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Project Status: 
Past Project
The Inverleigh Structure Plan has now been adopted by Council. The Structure Plan provides a framework for future land use planning decisions for the town.

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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.