Amendment C149 - Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan


A Planning Scheme Amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme has been prepared - Amendment C149 Implementation of the Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan.

The amendment will implement the planning scheme changes recommended by the ‘Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan, February 2011’ (the ‘Master Plan’) and the ‘Implementation of the Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan, April 2011’ (the ‘Implementation Report’) into the Ballarat Planning Scheme. The Master Plan and the Implementation Report provide a long term framework to guide the future use, development and subdivision of land in the area adjoining the Dowling Forest Racecourse.

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 now 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 10 November 2011 to Friday 16th December 2011.

 Amendment C149 - exhibition documents


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