Inverleigh Structure Plan
Council would like to thank the 70 people who came to see the draft Structure Plan which is proposed for Inverleigh at the conversation posts held on 16 and 23 June. We received detailed and valuable feedback, including seven submissions received by mail and online through this page.
The Inverleigh Structure Plan provides a strategic framework to establish the basis for future land use planning decisions for the town. The Structure Plan indicates a preferred layout of residential, commercial, community and other land uses based on a 15 year outlook.
The Inverleigh Structure Plan will:
- Address the limited availability of suitably zoned and unencumbered residential land in Inverleigh
- Link and integrate key findings of the Inverleigh Flood Study
- Examine suitable lot sizes for the Low Density Residential Zone
- Tie in relevant findings of the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP)
Conversation Posts and Online Feedback (June 2018)
Council would like to thank the 70 people who came to see the draft Structure Plan for Inverleigh at the conversation posts held on 16 and 23 June. We received detailed and valuable feedback, including seven written submissions.
Summary of community feedback
- We have heard some very clear messages about Inverleigh, including that the country town/ village character is cherished by the community and is something to be retained.
- On the matter of lot sizes, we heard conflicting views. Some people want to subdivide because they don't want to manage so much land, others want to keep the 1 ha minimum.
- We also heard proposals for rural and service industry, commercial, recreation and horse riding/ bridle paths.
Community workshop (October 2017)
Council held a community workshop on 26th October to provide results of the community survey, stakeholder engagement and the latest 2016 census findings.
There was a strong turnout with robust and healthy discussion amongst the community on key structure planning issues including:
- Vision for the town
- Land Use (residential, commercial, open space, industry and community)
- Physical attributes
- Movement – Connections – Accessibility
The workshop findings demonstrate that while there is a mix of views on particular issues, there is also widespread support for the following:
- Retaining a village character, with its historic and natural environments which are cornerstones of the town’s charm and appeal.
- Ongoing dependency on higher order services within Bannockburn and Geelong so as to preserve Inverleigh’s village scale and character.
- Support for the continuation of the boutique scale of commercial development and re-use of existing buildings in the main street.
Community survey (2017)
Prior to the October workshop, Council received more than 120 responses to the community survey distributed in the first half of 2017, representing around 10% of the Inverleigh community.
A broad range of community members also provided feedback at the Inverleigh Listening Posts in early March 2017. The Strategic Planning Team has enjoyed meeting many residents, talking about the Structure Plan project and seeking feedback on key issues. More than 50 residents and community group representatives also attended workshops during March 2017.
What Happens Next
Moving forward, it is likely that the minimum lot size will default to the State Planning minimum in the Low Density Residential Zone of 0.4ha (4000sqm). Whilst this is a substantial change from the current structure plan, a lot size of 0.4 hectares provides a rural residential subdivision pattern and is significantly larger than the residential lot sizes in Bannockburn and Geelong, which average around 600-1000sqm (i.e. 0.06- 0.1ha).
Council wants to be at the forefront of best-practice planning for Inverleigh to ensure we are well informed and ready to respond when proposals are presented by developers to rezone, develop and pursue land use changes in and around the town.
Key features of the new Structure Plan will include retaining an eduring settlement boundary, avoiding development in flood prone areas and providing for inevitable growth, at a moderate rate - similar to what has occurred over the last 10 years. The aim is to retain the country town feel, whilst still welcoming new residents to Inverleigh. The Structure Plan will ensure that appropriate infrastructure and road upgrades are provided as the town grows, so that it continues to thrive and meet the needs of the community.
The community’s feedback on the draft Structure Plan will be considered as refinements are made to the draft plan. The draft Structure Plan will be reviewed by Council in the next few months before we present the finalised plan to the Inverleigh community.
A formal planning scheme amendment will then be required to include the new Structure Plan into the Golden Plains Planning Scheme.
If you would like to stay informed about this project, please visit this page for updates, or sign up to the Community Engagement Register.
- Early 2017: Initial community consultation: Listening posts, workshops and survey
- Oct 2017: Initial findings, background information completed
- Oct 2017: Community workshop on initial findings
- June - July 2018: Conversation posts and online feedback on draft Structure Plan framework
- Early 2019: Finalisation of Structure Plan
- 2019: Statutory Implementation process