Ballarat Strategy


Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy (Final)

Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy is our long term plan for Ballarat to 2040. The Ballarat Strategy is part of delivering on what you said. It covers development, infrastructure, planning and managing growth.  

As a result of the feedback from consulting on Ballarat Imagine, 10 Game Changing Questions, the Preliminary Ballarat Strategy and the Draft Ballarat Strategy, this document puts in place a long term spatial strategy for Ballarat that:

  • Guides future growth to the most efficient locations with the highest net community benefit (measured broadly including economic, environmental and social)
  • Provides certainty for the community and the development industry on development areas and forms.

The Ballarat Strategy (Final) Adopted by Council

The Ballarat Strategy was adopted by Council on 22 August 2015 as Ballarat's long-term strategic vision towards 2040.

Today, Tomorrow, Together: The Ballarat Strategy outlines the long-term plan for a greener, more vibrant and connected Ballarat. It is supported by key concepts, policies and actions that will underpin land use decision-making in Ballarat over the next 25 years.

Final Ballarat Strategy

The Ballarat Strategy outlines the new 25 year vision for a greener, more vibrant and connected Ballarat. A comprehensive range of policy directions and actions outline the plan to get there, based around two key platforms:

The ’10 Minute City’:

Supporting complete, liveable neighbourhoods within a compact city

The ’10 Minute City’ concept in Ballarat reflects community aspirations to maintain existing or improved levels of local access to destinations and services as the city grows over time. It is to be achieved by:

  • Making land use decisions so housing growth patterns reinforce a compact city;
  • Developing a network of complete local neighbourhoods;
  • Recognising key precincts for urban renewal and convenience living;
  • Transitioning towards a more sustainable transport network; and
  • Supporting the economic transition towards the jobs of tomorrow.

The ‘City in the Landscape’:

Supporting Ballarat to be a greener and more vibrant regional city.

The ‘City in the Landscape’ concept reflects Ballarat’s enviable physical, cultural and historical location within its landscape. The concept recognises that nothing should be viewed in isolation of its physical and non-physical context. It is achieved by:

  • Adopting an urban forest approach to better manage our environment, improve the liveability and amenity of the City, and make us more resilient to a changing climate;
  • Pursuing a new approach to managing change in our historic city and rural landscape;
  • Local plans for local communities;
  • Embracing the urban and rural landscape; and
  • Recognising and responding to a changing climate, and being resilient to environmental impacts and risks.

Download DocumentsTop of document.


The Ballarat Strategy is available for download below:


The Final Ballarat Strategy is also available below as a compressed document:


The Figures from the Ballarat Strategy are available below for individual download:

Background Studies  

The following background studies have been completed for the Ballarat Strategy:

  • 2040 Business as usual population forecasts 
    This document provides the population forecasts for Ballarat to 2040 based upon our current growth.
  • Housing Needs Assessment for 2040 
    This Housing Needs Assessment provides clear guidance on how much housing is needed in Ballarat and considers implications for factors such as land supply, housing type (such as detached houses, semi-detached houses or unit\apartments) and housing size (number of bedrooms).
  • Residential Land Supply 2013 
    This document outlines Ballarat’s greenfield residential land supply as at September 2013. All supply is identified and classified according to how easy it would be to develop. Infill supply is not included.
  • Civil Infrastructure Assessment 
    Civil Infrastructure Assessment Appendices
    This background study outlines the current civil infrastructure capacity constraints, those which are more suitable for development and those which are not. The study also provides a relative order of magnitude costs associated with adequate infrastructure requirements in the municipality of Ballarat.
  • Social Infrastructure Plan 
    The City of Ballarat developed a Social Infrastructure Plan in 2009. The 2009 plan contained a suite of recommendations about the future provision of Council and non-Council social infrastructure in Ballarat. This document reviews and updates the findings and recommendations of the 2009 plan.
  • Affordable Housing Review, prepared for City of Ballarat BY SGS Economics and Planning 2012. This document provides a descriptive review of the demand and supply of affordable housing across the local government area (LGA), including estimations of housing stress for mortgaged and rental households. This review also considers wider issues, including relevant housing policy, demographic forces which affect supply and demand, and the overall stock of housing in Ballarat.
  • Ballarat Residential Infill Opportunities Study, prepared for City of Ballarat by
    Aurecon Pty Ltd 2009. This document It provides tools to identify rezoning opportunities, comments on housing diversification opportunities, urban design concepts for example sites, recommendations on the adoption of preferred medium density housing areas and urban design principles, and strategies to overcome the
    constraints to infill development.
  • Mapping Ballarat’s Historic Landscape, Stage 1, Final Report, prepared for City of
    Ballarat by Context 2013. This project is the first stage of a larger project
    designed to understand this landscape from community and wider perspectives,
    and to develop new and more integrated ways to manage all its values.
  • Strategic Ecological Connections – Ballarat City prepared for City of Ballarat by
    Paul Kelly and Associates 2015. This document provides advice on the ecological
    context of the municipality. As an overview, the natural values of the
    municipality occur as highly fragmented remnants of native vegetation, wetlands
    and low quality waterways.
  • Ballarat Economic Strategy (under development)
  • Ballarat Sustainable Transport Strategy 2015-2025: Discussion Paper (under development).
  • Options for supporting the supply of infill housing in Ballarat prepared for City of
    Ballarat by SGS Planning and Economics (under development). 


BackgroundTop of document.

Overall background of the project

The following documents have been released as part of developing Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy -

Discussion Paper

In February 2013, the City of Ballarat released a discussion paper to prompt debate around the challenges and ideas for Ballarat’s future.

Ballarat Imagine and Our Vision for 2040

The Ballarat Strategy will be guided by what the community said through Ballarat Imagine.

Our largest community conversation, Ballarat Imagine commenced in late February 2013 to find out what you the community, love about Ballarat, what you imagine for Ballarat and what you want to retain in Ballarat.

From Ballarat Imagine, Our Vision for 2040 was developed which outlines how we envisage Ballarat in 2040 drawn directly from the submission received during Ballarat Imagine. You can read more about Ballarat Imagine on the Ballarat Imagine webpage 

10 Game Changing Questions 

Following a great response from community workshops and online surveys, we are now in the process of compiling the submissions and comments we received during the consultation. This information will feed into the Preliminary Ballarat Strategy.

The consultation summary, 'What you said' is available to download below: 

 Preliminary Ballarat Strategy

The “Preliminary” Ballarat Strategy (November 2014) outlined the key concepts which are proposed to underpin land use decision-making in Ballarat over the next 30 years. It represented the ideas, aspirations and vision of the Ballarat community, expressed through Ballarat Imagine, what the community said they want to see in Ballarat in 2040, and how that might be achieved.

The preliminary strategy sought to provide an update to the community on the proposed approaches being considered and investigated at this interim stage.