In May 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.
In October 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 from Melbourne.
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 (PSP) 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.
Community engagement was undertaken on draft future urban structure plans for the growth areas in May and June 2018.
Council adopted the framework plan at its meeting on 26 March 2019.
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