Inverleigh Structure Plan Panel Report
The independent Panel Report on Amendment C87gpla has been received and Council will consider its recommendations at its next meeting on Monday 21 September, 2020.
The Panel Report is now available at the link below and all local residents who made submissions to the Panel will be notified directly. The Panel Report will also be attached to the agenda of the Council Meeting, available at Council’s website on Friday 19 September, however it has been publically released prior to allow interested residents more time to review the Panel’s Report.
The Amendment C87gpla seeks to implement the strategic directions of the Inverleigh Structure Plan (ISP) 2019 into the Golden Plains Planning Scheme.
The Panel Report is supportive of the form of C87gpla as proposed by Council, however as a result of the submissions to the Hearing, recommended a number of changes. A summary of the proposed recommendations are:
- Post exhibition changes to the exhibition documentation as a result of submissions received to the Amendment.
- Amend Inverleigh Structure Plan 2019 to provide further guidance around Potential Growth Area 3, proposed bio-links, and interfaces between township, rural and natural environments.
- Designate the western portion of Potential Growth Area 3, currently in the Farming Zone, as a ‘Future Investigation Area’ in the Inverleigh Framework Plan.
- Alter contents of proposed Clause 11.03-6L as a result of consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP) and the CFA to further address environmental issues and bushfire risk.
Community Consultation on the Inverleigh Structure Plan
In 2017, Council began extensive community engagement as part of developing the ISP 2019, including listening posts and workshops for residents and community groups in Inverleigh. A mailed community survey attracted 120 responses and in 2018, Council conducted more face-to-face engagement sessions in Inverleigh.
At its 26 March 2019 meeting, Council adopted the ISP 2019 and 92 submissions were received when Amendment C87gpla went on public exhibition from 16 August to 16 October 2019.
At its 26 November 2019 meeting, Council resolved that a Panel would be appointed to consider the submissions. From 13 to 20 June 2020, the Panel Hearing was held via video conferencing, with 14 submitters electing to address at the Panel and 5 additional parties presenting their original written statements.
The Inverleigh Structure Plan 2019
The ISP 2019 addresses a number of strategic considerations for the growth of Inverleigh over the next 15 years, ensuring Inverleigh is able to sustain its current growth rate with sufficient infrastructure to support the town’s population growth.
Some of the key directions of the ISP 2019 are:
- Retaining the town boundary
- Removal of the minimum 1 and 2 ha minimum lot sizes in the Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) to be consistent with the LDRZ provisions across the Shire
- Inclusion of new flood mapping
- Incorporating the findings of the feasibility study of the western edge of town for residential growth
- Expansion of the township (as LDRZ) in response to the closure of the broiler farm
- Responding to Bushfire Risk
Embedded in the plans are the valued character elements and features of Inverleigh which will endure as the town continues to progress, including protection of the natural environment including the rivers, heritage features, town boundary, village atmosphere and role as a meeting place.
These features are all expressed in the Framework Plan and accompanying objectives and strategies, comprising the formal planning policy to be inserted into the Golden Plains Planning Scheme.