Amendment C148 - Rural Land Use Strategy


SheepThe Ballarat Rural Land Use Strategy was adopted by Council in December 2010. The Strategy aims to ensure the long-term productivity and sustainable development of Ballarat’s rural areas.

The key adopted recommendations of the Strategy are a long-term vision for the municipality’s rural areas, formulation of a new policy and modified planning controls for assessing housing and subdivision in the Farming Zone. The Strategy does not facilitate rezoning requests for individual landowners. The draft 'Rural Areas Review' (2008) was used as a foundation for the Ballarat Rural Land Use Strategy.

The Rural Land Use Strategy has been finalised and adopted by Council. A Planning Scheme Amendment will now take place to implement the changes into the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

Final Strategy


What happens now?

In order for the Strategy’s recommendations to be converted to land use and development controls, the Ballarat Planning Scheme now needs to be updated. A process known as a Planning Scheme Amendment will take place to update the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

This is a lengthy process whereby the State Government must assess the land use and development controls being put forward by Council.

An independent planning Panel was held in May 2012, where the Minister for Planning appointed a Panel of three members to review all of the submissions received. This amendment and Amendment C149 (Implementation of Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan) were addressed in a combined Panel Hearing, given the interrelated rural land use issues that both address.

The Panel have now released their official report and Council will consider this in the coming weeks. Council need to determine whether to adopt or not adopt the Panel’s recommendations before the amendments can be sent to the Minister for Planning for final approval.


The following documents were on exhibition from Thursday 28th July to Friday 9th September.


Amendment Documents

Proposed Planning Scheme Changes

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