Teesdale Structure Plan
The Teesdale Structure Plan is a strategic planning document that will guide the long-term growth of Teesdale into the future. Following endorsement by Council in earlier this year, Planning Scheme Amendment C92gpla was on public exhibition from 26 November 2020 until 25 January 2021, with submissions now closed.
The new Teesdale Structure Plan will replace the existing plan, which dates back to 1997. Since then, Teesdale’s population has continued to increase, with the township growing from 1,479 to 1,791 residents between 2011 and 2019.
The Teesdale Structure Plan:
- Builds on and recognises the existing 1997 Teesdale Structure Plan by formalising a growth area to the north-east of the town, initially identified in 1997;
- Encourages residential infill development and commercial development;
- Identifies a number of infrastructure and other projects beneficial to Teesdale that are not already considered in existing Council Strategies; and
- Does not propose any new growth areas outside the existing settlement boundary or any new commercial areas.
The Teesdale Structure Plan is guided by six principles to deliver good planning outcomes for the township: residential development; transport and movement; open space and landscaping; community infrastructure and services; commercial development; and service provision.
The Teesdale Structure Plan is available here.
In order to implement the new Teesdale Structure Plan, Council has developed Amendment C92, which proposes the following changes to the Golden Plains Planning Scheme:
- Modifies Clause 02.04 to remove the 1997 Teesdale Structure Plan map.
Proposed Clause 02.04.
- Inserts a new Clause 11.03-6L (Teesdale) which includes a 2020 Teesdale Structure Plan map and relevant key directions to implement the 2020 Structure Plan.
Proposed Clause 11.03-6L (Teesdale).
- Modifies Clause 02.03-1 to include a new section on Teesdale.
Proposed Clause 02.03-1.
Planning Scheme Amendment C92 documents are available below:
Further supporting documentation are available below:
The Teesdale Structure Plan has been developed with the local community and now further public comment is invited on the planning scheme amendment to implement the plan.
In preparing the new plan, Council undertook community consultation during a six week period, from 29 August to 20 October 2019. A total of 198 people completed the online and paper survey, or attended one of the two conversation posts held in the town. The Teesdale Structure Plan Community Engagement Report is available here. A full version of the infographic below can also be found here.
At its April 2020 Ordinary Meeting, Council endorsed the Teesdale Structure Plan 2020 and authorised the public exhibition of a planning scheme amendment to incorporate the plan into the Golden Plains Shire Planning Scheme. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition period was delayed, and took place from 26 November 2020 to 25 January 2021. During the public exhibition period, Council held an online drop-in session and two after-hours phone consultation for residents to discuss the plan with Council's Strategic Planning team. The team were also available to speak over the phone from 8.30am to 5pm weekdays during the public exhibition period. At the conclusion of the exhibition period, Council had received 22 submissions from community members, developers and agencies, expressing diverse views on the content of the Structure Plan.
What Happens Next
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback or a submisison on the Teesdale Structure Plan and Planning Scheme Amendment C92gpla. Council will consider the submissions and a recommended path forward at the March Council Meeting.
In the event there are objecting submissions to Amendment C92gpla that cannot be resolved, the matter will be referred to an independent Planning Panel appointed by the Minister for Planning for a resolution.
Survey opened/mail out/conversation posts held.
Structure Plan Completed.
Council endorsed the Teesdale Structure Plan
Thursday 26 November 2020
Public Exhibition began and submissions opened
Monday 7 December 2020
Online drop-in session
Wednesday 9 December 2020
After-hours phone consultation
Monday 14 December 2020
After-hours phone consultation
Monday 25 January 2021
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Council to consider submissions
Directions hearing for Planning Panel (if required)
Planning Panel (if required)
Final decision made by Council
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