Amendment C220ball – Dowling Forest Precinct, Miners Rest

About the amendment

Amendment C220ball proposes to implement the recommendations of the the Dowling Forest Equine Precinct Planning Controls Review Final Report (City of Ballarat, October 2020) for the Dowling Forest Precinct, Miners Rest (land bound by Gillies Road, Sharpes Road, Garlands Road and Ballarat-Maryborough Road).

Key objectives of the amendments include:

  • rezoning certain properties that are currently Special Use Zone – Schedule Area 13 and Farming Zone – Schedule Areas A and B to new Special Use Zones – Schedule 17, 18 and 19;
  • the introduction of Special Use Zones – Schedule 17, 18 and 19 to allow a range of uses consistent with the creation of an equine precinct around the Dowling Forest Racecourse; and
  • removal of some of the current restrictions of the Special Use Zone - Schedule Area 13 relating to land use.

Current status

The directions hearing for Ballarat Planning Scheme Amendment C220ball was held over video conference at 10am on Thursday 27 May 2021.

At this meeting the City of Ballarat applied for an adjournment of the panel hearing to further consider the merits and form of the Amendment. The adjournment has been granted by Planning Panels Victoria and agreed to by all parties present at the meeting. 

The documents requested at the hearing are now available for the public to view below.

It is likely a further directions hearing will need to be held. More details can be found here mid to late 2021.

Directions hearing documents

C220BALL Directions letter

Ballarat Rural Land Use Strategy

Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan

Implementation of Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan

Dowling Forest Prop Market Review and Options Analysis

Dowling Forest Precinct Review

Got questions?

Please contact the Strategic Planning team on strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5500.