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quarry will continue to operate for a period that will be determined by its
he framework plan will consider
opportunities for the longer term integration of the quarry area into the urban
environment, including the potential for the quarry to transition to a lake and
open space asset.
overlay is applied to land which contains areas of environmental
The ESO4 in Lovely Banks
areas was applied to land by the Victorian Government in 2010.
The flora and fauna study being undertaken
for the project and more detailed studies as part of the precinct structure
plan process will investigate in more detail the existence of flora and fauna
in the area.
A zoning change
may not immediately affect the valuation (and rates) of a property. It is only
when the zoning change is reflected in the sales prices for property sales in
the area that the valuation will be affected.
The City offers
rates assistance packages; there are a number of different arrangements for
rate payments depending on personal situations.
Further information can be found on the Rates, Valuations and Charges page.
The growth areas were identified in 2013 in partnership with the Victorian Government.
Further information can be found on the G21 Regional Growth Plan page.
study area includes the portion of the Batesford township that is within the
Greater Geelong municipality. The reason
for this is to ensure that the implications on this area is considered as part
of the framework plan.
will focus on protecting the strong environment and heritage values of the
area, including the charm and character of the Batesford township.
illustrates the Batesford township protected from new urban development by a
mixture of conservation areas, river corridor and low density residential land.
Midland Highway duplicate or bypass project is being undertaken by VicRoads.
series of community sessions/stakeholder workshops have been held throughout
Community engagement was undertaken on the draft future urban structure plans for the growth areas from 9 May 2018 through to 22 June 2018.
Learn more about how everyone is getting involved.
2014, the Minister for Planning at the time wrote to Council to seek support
for the acceleration of land delivery in the two growth areas.
2014, the Minister prepared, adopted and approved, without notice, an amendment
to the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme to rezone land at Lovely Banks from
Farming Zone to Urban Growth Zone. The zoning of land at Batesford South
(Western Geelong Growth Area) was not changed. The Minister’s decision was
based on a desire to provide diversity in growth fronts across Geelong and to
ensure that Geelong is positioned to accommodate redirected population growth
In June 2015, the current Minister for Planning wrote to
landowners in the Northern Geelong Growth Area advising that as a precursor to
any precinct structure plan being developed it is anticipated that Council will
lead the preparation of a framework plan to set the scope for the future PSP,
infrastructure requirements 'and preferred timing of land release'.
At its meeting on December 2015, Council resolved commence the
preparation of the framework plan and integrated infrastructure delivery plan.
You can view our project timeline on our home page.
The framework plan will set the overall strategic land use and
development vision for each growth area.
It is the next level of detailed planning through precinct structure
plans which will provide master planning for neighbourhoods.
Victorian Government requires the City to maintain at least a 15-year supply of
residential land growth.
is growing at a faster rate than the rest of Victoria. We can expect an extra 150,000 residents by
2036. This creates demand for an extra 73,000-plus dwellings.
Greater Geelong Settlement Strategy provides a strategic response to our
increasing growth pressures and ensures that we can meet the region’s
substantial housing demands in a sustainable matter, through an appropriate
balance of population growth within our existing suburbs and new greenfield.
will be provided within the growth areas.
Analysis of ultimate school provision
is ongoing through the preparation of a social infrastructure report and
discussions with key service providers.
for large master planned communities means that the City must provide for all
types of land use, including public land uses such as parks, community centres,
schools and stormwater drainage.
all, or part, of your land is nominated for public land uses then this area
will be subject to compensation by the relevant authority (for example: VicRoads, City
of Greater Geelong, Barwon Water, Department of Education).
There are various mechanisms and processes
for how compensation can occur.
provide a diverse range of housing types, some areas of rural living and low
density residential will be provided in the growth areas, but the majority of
residential development will provide for suburban development.
growth areas were designated to provide for long-term future growth for the
region in the G21 Regional Growth Plan. State Government policy on planning for
growth areas aims to:
Encourage average overall residential densities in the growth areas of a minimum of 15 dwellings per net developable
hectare, and over time, seek an overall increase in residential densities to more than 20 dwellings per net
It is up
to individual landowners to decide if and when they want to subdivide.
growth areas are currently referred to as 'long term' in planning policy.
This project will look to determine an
appropriate commencement, although development will occur in a sequenced manner
over the next several decades.
Council resolved to adopt the framework plan and immediately
commence one precinct structure plan in each of the growth areas at the
Ordinary Council Meeting on 26 March 2019.
A planning scheme amendment will be prepared and exhibited in
2019 to introduce the framework plan into the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.
The framework plan provides an implementation strategy that
outlines a program of precinct structure plans that must be prepared and
approved before urban development in the growth areas is permitted.
subdivision can’t occur until the land has been rezoned to Urban Growth Zone and a precinct structure plan
(PSP) has been approved for the area.
This allows for subdivision to occur in an orderly
manner and in accordance with the approved PSP (that is: master plan for the area).
A decision has not been made as to which area will commence
sequencing needs to be resolved during the framework planning process and
informed by infrastructure capacity and logical areas for it to be delivered.
will need to make a decision once the framework plan is completed as to which
area should be developed first and when development will start.
decision was made by the then Minister for Planning, not by Council.
No reason was provided as to why Batesford was not
Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas project does not identify land that
should be compulsorily acquired.
The vast majority of land required for a
public purpose is facilitated through the orderly process of subdivision and
development. Compulsory acquisition of land is only applied in rare cases when
absolutely necessary for vital community infrastructure, such as drainage,
roads and schools.
of land for a public purpose can be a necessary part of the planning and
development process and is used in growth area development across Victoria. If
required in Geelong's growth areas, the process would be undertaken as part of
future planning processes in the coming decades and would include extensive
consultation with affected parties.
We want to work with residents right from the start as we develop plans for these
new growth areas and encourage the community to have your say as part of the
for Victoria, responsible for the delivery of public transport in Victoria, is
a key stakeholder of the project.
Public transport provision will be determined
through further technical analysis as the project progresses and in response to
other technical matters such as the future road network, development layout and
primary purpose of the industry buffer to the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct (GREP) is to ensure that land uses
within the buffer are strictly limited to minimise the potential effects of
future industrial development in the precinct.
The buffer seeks to prevent the
intrusion of sensitive land uses (residential and rural residential uses) from
developing close to the industrial estate.
The rural living properties in Lovely Banks will either remain
unchanged or transition to conventional or low density residential areas,
subject to future investigation as part of a precinct structure plan. This is a
Some rural living properties in proximity to the Geelong Ring
Road Employment Precinct will transition to employment-based land use to provide
Geelong's future jobs. This a long-term proposition.
Importantly, it is up
to individual landowners to decide if and when they want to pursue this
transition upon the completion of future planning processes
Precinct structure plans (PSPs) are master plans
for local areas that usually cater for between 5,000 to 30,000 people.
PSPs provide more specific detail regarding how
existing important features of local communities such roads, shopping centres,
schools, parks, key transport connections and areas for housing and employment
may evolve or transform over time and become better integrated.
PSPs will usually be the mechanism for providing
direction on any planning zone changes and they will identify the need for new
or additional infrastructure to support increased housing and employment, along
with funding mechanisms such as council infrastructure contributions charges.
Growth area development is funded via a number of different ways.
Federal, state and local government play an important role in funding high order infrastructure such as schools and arterial roads; however, the majority of the development is funded by developers who construct roads, drainage, local parks and shared paths and
then gift this infrastructure to Council as public assets, which Council then maintains.
It’s the cost of this private infrastructure investment that is then reflected in the sale price of residential or commercial land when it’s sold to the market.