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Teesdale Structure Plan

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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 C92 is on public exhibition from 26 November 2020 until 25 January 2021.

Teesdale Structure Plan Golden Plains Shire Council



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:

Explanatory Report

Ordinance Documents

Further supporting documentation are available below:

Teesdale Structure Plan Background Report

Teesdale Strategic Bushfire Risk Assessment

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

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 will now take place from 26 November 2020 to 25 January 2021.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

The Teesdale Structure Plan, together with Planning Amendment C92 is now on public exhibition until 25 January 2021. During this time, any person who may be affected by the amendment can make a submission.

Submissions must be made in writing and sent by email to, referencing Teesdale Structure Plan, or mailed to:

Attn: Strategic Planning

Golden Plains Shire

PO Box 111


All submissions must include the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed, and indicating what changes (if any) are requested by the submitter.

Council’s Strategic Planning team will hold an online drop-in session on the Teesdale Structure Plan and Amendment C92 for residents to discuss the plan and have their questions answered. The drop-in session will be held on Monday 7 December, 2020 from 4.30 to 7pm.

A link to join the drop-in session will be available here closer to the event.

Council’s Strategic Planning team will also be available to speak over the phone about the plan during business hours from 26 November 2020 to 25 January 2021. Please note that this engagement option will be unavailable during Council’s Christmas Closure from 5pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 to 8.30am, Monday 4 January, 2021.

Additionally, the team will be available to speak over the phone outside of business hours on on Wednesday 9 December and Monday 14 December until 7pm. To take part in a phone consultation either during business hours or the after-hours session, simply call 5220 7166.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

In the event there are objecting submissions to Amendment C92 that cannot be resolved, the matter will be  referred to an independent Victorian Government appointed Planning Panel for resolution. The Planning Panel will likely take place in April 2021.

Following the conclusion of this process, the Final Teesdale Structure Plan and Amendment C92 will go to a Council Meeting for approval.


September 2019: Survey opened/mail out/conversation posts held.

October 2019: Survey closed.

Early 2020: Structure Plan Completed.

April 2020: Council endorses Teesdale Structure Plan

Thursday 26 November 2020: Public Exhibition begins. Submissions open.

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 2020: Submissions close

Late February 2021: Council to consider submissions

Week of 22 March 2021: Directions hearing for Planning Panel (if required)

Week of 19 April 2021: Planning Panel (if required)

Late 2021: Final decision made by Council

Contact Information

Geoff Alexander
Strategic Planner
5220 7111
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Project Status: 
Current Project
The Teesdale Structure Plan is a strategic planning document that will guide the long-term growth of Teesdale into the future.

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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.