Smythesdale Structure Plan

Council is developing a new Structure Plan for Smythesdale. The Background report has now been finalised following consultation and engagement with the community and relevant stakeholders.

Council has finalised a Background report which will be used to inform a future Structure Plan for Smythesdale and Scarsdale. Thank you to everyone who attended an in-person or online consultation post, or completed the Smythesdale Structure Plan survey.

The Background Report is available here.  .

A snapshot of the document is provided in the following presentation here.

The Aboriginal Cultual Assesment for the Smythesdale Surrounds is here.

Next stages of the project are currently on hold whilst Council prepares critical strategic plans relating to bushfire and housing needs across the whole of the municipality.  These are expected to be completed by mid 2022.  Findings from these will further inform key directions for the Smythesdale Structure Plan.

Council looks forward to continuing progress on the Smythesdale Structure Plan later in 2022.    


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. 

Engagement Update

The Smythesdale Structure Plan Survey was open from Thursday 8 July to Thursday 12 August, with community members able to complete the survey online or by collecting a copy from Council's Customer Service Centre. In July, residents of Smythesdale and Scarsdale received the survey in the mail.

Council planning staff also held two in-person engagement sessions on Thursday 15 and Saturday 31 July, and an additional online session on Thursday 22 July.

What Happens Next


Key Project Phases

1. Background Report: discovery phase, scenario planning, community engagement    (complete)
2. Draft Structure Plan and Planning Scheme amendment, community engagement      (end 2022)

3. Formal Planning Scheme Amendment with formal public exhibition process               (2023)




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