Adopted - Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan

  • Project typeCommunity Consultation
  • Project scheduleStructure Plan was adopted by Council on December 14 2022

The Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan(PDF, 34MB) sets out a long-term strategic vision for the town, which considers important issues like land use, open space areas and connectivity. It provides a clear planning framework that will guide decisions about development, investment and infrastructure improvement.

Throughout 2021 and early 2022, Council asked residents how they thought Longwarry should look in the future and what infrastructure is required to support a growing population. 

Residents were able to attend drop-in sessions at the Longwarry Public Hall and meet face to face with Council’s project team to discuss their thoughts and aspirations for the township. Online surveys were available through both stages of community consultation for those who could not attend the in-person sessions.

Feedback gathered through the consultation process, along with extensive background research and analysis, has ensured the plan fits the community’s and Council’s long-term vision for Longwarry.

Following its adoption by Council, the process to include the Longwarry Structure Plan into the Baw Baw Planning Scheme will commence.


The preparation of a Structure Plan for Longwarry provides a long-term land use and development planning framework and direction for the town to 2041. The existing Structure Plan was implemented into the Baw Baw Planning Scheme in 2014 and was derived from the Baw Baw Settlement Management Plan 2013.

The project considers the capability of land and existing infrastructure to accommodate growth, with a particular focus on drainage, servicing and flooding considerations. The project also investigates the quantity of land required for growth identified in the demographic and economic analysis and provides recommendations for any necessary rezoning of land.

The Process

The Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan project involved the following stages: 

  • Stage 1 (complete) Inception  
  • Stage 2 (complete) Background Research 
  • Stage 3 (complete) Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Stage 4 (complete) Draft Structure Plan and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stage 5 (complete) Final Structure Plan and Planning Scheme Tools

Community Consultation

Community and stakeholder engagement commenced early in the process with two drop-in sessions held in the Longwarry Town Hall in April 2021. These sessions were the first phase of the consultation, where many engaged community members discussed their thoughts and aspirations for their township.

A second phase of consultation included drop-in sessions so that the community had the opportunity to provide comment and ask questions on the draft Structure Plan responded to by Echelon Planning and Council officers. These drop-in sessions were supplemented by an online survey and webpage updates to ensure those who were unable to attend in person were still represented. Engagement for the draft Plan was undertaken in February/March 2022 for a period of 4 weeks.

There were 10 written submissions received to the draft Structure Plan, as well as 22 responses via the Have Your Say (HYS) platform.

Community members also provided verbal feedback which was noted at the engagement sessions. The main matters raised in the submissions included:
• Seeking a mix of residential housing, including some low density lots
• New developments to respect the rural character of the town
• Drainage/flooding issues
• Fire management
• The Employment Investigation Area and the need for more employment land in Baw Baw
• Location of the Saleyards and the 500m EPA buffer
• More community facilities and open space, including sporting oval
• Greater retail options
• Improved pedestrian network
• Environmental, ecological and renewable energy considerations
• The ‘Longwarry Triangle’ and its current/future zone

Contact us

Have questions? We are here to help!

If you have any further questions regarding the Longwarry Structure Plan project, or would like to be placed on the correspondence list, please contact the Strategic Planning Department on 1300 229 229 or email