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Smythesdale Structure Plan

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Council is seeking input from residents of Smythesdale and Scarsdale to inform the new Smythesdale Structure Plan.



Golden Plains Shire Council has commenced the preparation of a new Structure Plan for Smythesdale, providing direction for future growth and development in the town.

The new Smythesdale Structure Plan will comprehensively address factors influencing Smythesdale including bushfire risk, the natural environment, land supply and projections for residential and commercial growth. Open space, recreation and community infrastructure are also addressed, where not already considered by existing Council strategies.

Currently there is an Urban Design Framework for Smythesdale that was created in 2006. Most of the land designations within this Framework have been rezoned, developed or are soon to be activated which means a new plan is needed to guide decision-making on growth matters in Smythesdale for the next 25 years.

A Structure Plan is developed to provide a framework for new residential and commercial land and may propose changes to planning controls affecting land, and may identify the need for new projects and infrastructure to meet requirements for the future.

The Smythesdale Structure Plan builds upon the planning work of the Northern Settlement Strategy, which was adopted by Council in 2019. The Plan is expected to be presented to Council in late 2021.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Council wants to hear from local Smythesdale and Scarsdale residents about how they want Smythesdale to develop into the future.

The Smythesdale Structure Plan Survey is open from Thursday 8 July to Thursday 12 August.

Complete Online Survey

Download Survey

Community members can also pick up a copy of the survey at Council’s Customer Service Centre, The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale. The survey will also be sent by mail to all residents of Smythesdale and Scarsdale in mid-July.

Completed paper surveys may be:

  • emailed to [email protected]
  • mailed to Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Smythesdale Structure Plan’

Council planning staff will hold engagement sessions, welcoming Smythesdale and Scarsdale residents to stop by and talk about the Smythesdale Structure Plan.

Visit a drop-in session at The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale from 4.30 to 6pm on Thursday 15 July or Saturday 31 July from 10am to 2pm.

An additional online engagement session has been scheduled for Thursday 22 July from 4 to 6pm. Please see the meeting details below:

Meeting ID: 835 6474 7839
Passcode: 291100

Download Background Information Presentation


Thursday 8 July - Engagement OPENS

Thursday 15 July - Drop In Session at The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale from 4.30pm - 6pm.

Thursday 22 July - ONLINE engagement session from 4pm - 6pm

Saturday 31 July - Drop In Session at The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale from 10am - 2pm

Thursday 12 August - Engagement CLOSES

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Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Friday, July 16, 2021
Project Status: 
Current Project
Council is developing a new Structure Plan for Smythesdale.

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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.