Amendment C152 - Central Business District (CBD) Strategy

 

Approval of  Amendment C152 received

Council has received notice on the 18th of May 2012 from the Minister for Planning that he has approved Amendment C152 to the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

The effect of the amendment is to update the Ballarat Planning Scheme to reflect the recommendations of Making Ballarat Central - The CBD Strategy 2011 and include the strategy as a reference document.

What has happened?

A request was lodged with the Minister for Planning to authorise, prepare and approve Amendment C152 which seeks to reference the CBD Strategy 2011 and make subsequent changes to Clauses 21.04 and 22.13 of the Ballarat Planning Scheme and other minor administrative changes, using the provisions of section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The following documents are available for download:

Overview of project

The Ballarat Central Business District (CBD) is the heart of Ballarat and the hub of business, retail, cultural and community activity in Western Victoria.

The CBD is undergoing pressures for development due to the increasing population of the city, and is confronting a number of issues that demand a clear vision for the future. The Strategy will aim to see that the CBD develops in a sustainable manner, creating a city centre that has:

  • a strong identity, enhanced by the quality of its
  • buildings and spaces, and the protection of its renowned heritage;
  • a thriving commercial base for the local and regional economy;
  • services and facilities that are needed by the community;
  • a public environment that is welcoming, safe and vibrant;
  • a commitment to sustainable development; and
  • an integrated transport system that • encourages walking, cycling and public transport use, as well as improved traffic movement and parking access.

What is the CBD Strategy?

The Ballarat CBD Strategy is a long-term plan to guide growth and change in the Central Business District over the next 20-25 years. The Strategy draws together the outcomes of extensive community consultation and the directions of a number of current projects taking place within the CBD. It details ideas and actions that can be undertaken progressively by the Council, other organisations and stakeholders. This includes many ‘quick wins’ that can be implemented immediately. Many actions will require substantial detailed planning and funding, and these need a longer lead time.

 

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 Map of the CBD Boundary - Red indicates boundary

The CBD area is shown on the map above and includes the main retail and commercial areas, and some surrounding business and residential areas.  

The Strategy includes a long term vision for the CBD and objectives, strategies and actions under 5 Theme headings. It then divides the CBD into 10 Precincts and outlines more detailed strategies for each area. The Strategy also includes an outline Implementation Plan that details the responsibilities, key stakeholders and priorities for implementation over a 25 year timeframe.

 Purpose

The Ballarat CBD Strategy is a long-term plan to guide growth and change in the Central Business District over the next 20-25 years.

The Strategy will facilitate short and long term actions relating to the mix of activities and services, the quality of building design, the quantity and distribution of public spaces, and access and parking in the city centre.

Vision

  In 25 years Ballarat CBD will be…

  • a premier regional centre in Australia, providing a ‘capital city’ experience and contributing to the nation’s economic wealth and cultural breadth.
  • the thriving retail, commercial, community, educational and cultural focus of Western Victoria and the heart of Ballarat.
  • a place that reflects the unique character, aspirations, abilities and history of the community.
  • cohesive and accessible by people of all abilities, ages and means of transport, and easy to move around on foot.
  • a vibrant, exciting and friendly place that attracts visitors, residents, shoppers, students, artists and business investment.
  • a leader in ecological sustainability practice.
  • a place with a proud heritage reflected in its buildings, streetscapes and a living history, while showcasing innovation and creativity.
  • elegant and beautiful, exciting and multi-layered.

 Council Decision

Council first adopted the Strategy in May 2010. Since that time a number of implementation measures have been carried out. At its meeting held on 28 September, 2011 Council resolved to:

 1. Approve the updated Ballarat CBD Strategy September 2011.

 2. Request the Minister for Planning to authorise, prepare and approve Amendment C152 which seeks to reference the CBD Strategy 2011 and make subsequent changes to Clauses 21.04 and 22.13 of the Ballarat Planning Scheme and other minor administrative changes, using the provisions of section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

 3. Request the Minister waive the statutory fees associated with the assessment, adoption and approval of the amendment as Council as undertaken substantive work, cost and time in preparing the Strategy and its associated documents.

   


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