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.