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Northern Settlement Strategy

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Golden Plains Shire Council is developing a high-level land-use planning strategy for the northern half of the Shire.



The Northern Settlement Strategy will guide Council in determining sustainable areas in the northern half of the Shire to accommodate population growth to 2030.

The Strategy will provide:

  • An updated Residential Land Supply for the northern part of the Shire;
  • A Typology of Settlements as spatial expression of population distribution, settlement size and settlement role and;
  • A planning framework for the location of development and encourage growth in those locations where there is the greatest opportunity to maximise benefit from existing infrastructure

Seven settlement profiles were developed for settlements and rural localities with residential land supply:

  1. Corindhap, Dereel, Illabarook, Rokewood
  2. Berringa, Cape Clear, Staffordshire Reef
  3. Cambrian Hill, Durham Lead, Garibaldi, Napoleons, Enfield
  4. Haddon, Nintingbool, Smythes Creek
  5. Linton, Happy Valley
  6. Meredith, Steiglitz
  7. Smythesdale, Scarsdale, Newtown

The Strategic Directions for each of the townships is summarised here.

Strategic Framework Map for the Northern Settlement Strategy was presented to the community in August 2018.  The Strategic Directions are defined here.

The Strategy comprises of a Background and Issues Paper and Strategy document that will be available on Council’s webpage by late September 2018. The Strategy will provide a municipal approach to land use planning for the northern part of the Golden Plains Shire. It will guide the structure, function and character of the Shire’s settlements taking into account municipal, regional and state contexts and obligations.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

In preparing the Northern Settlement Strategy Council has engaged with key stakeholders such as Powercor, Central Highland Water, VicRoads, and the Education Department and communities of the north at seven (7) locations.  Council has undertaken an online survey, land use supply analysis, cost of settlement patterns analysis and audit of social and physical infrastructure to help inform the strategy.  In August 2018, Council held information sessions at Napoleons and Smythesdale to present the key findings of the Northern Settlement Strategy.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Once adopted by Council, the Northern Settlement Strategy will form part of an amendment to the Golden Plains Planning Scheme.  The amendment process will incorporate formal exhibition of the strategy, providing an opportunity for submissions.


1 Information Gathering
2 Information Analysis
3 DRAFT Strategy
4 DRAFT Strategy Refinement

Contact Information

Laura Wilks
Strategic Planning Team Leader
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Project Status: 
Updated Project
The NSS will guide Council in determining how to accommodate population growth in the North of the Shire to 2030.

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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.