Longwarry Structure Plan


About the Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan

The Longwarry Structure Plan will provide a long-term strategic vision for future growth in Longwarry. The Plan will consider land uses, open space areas and connectivity, guiding decisions about development proposals, investments and infrastructure improvements for the town. 

The Longwarry Structure Plan will provide a clear planning framework that addresses land use challenges and constraints affecting Longwarry and will inform the necessary planning tools required to facilitate growth and change in an orderly manner. 

Once completed, the Plan will be used as a basis for formal changes to the Baw Baw Planning Scheme through revised planning provisions to be implemented from recommendations of the Plan. 

Baw Baw Shire Council has appointed Echelon Planning Consultants to prepare the Longwarry Structure Plan.

Other Opportunities for Feedback

A critical component of the structure planning process involves community input about how Longwarry should evolve. 

Community consultation on the draft Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan was open until 25 March 2022.


Why does Longwarry need a new Structure Plan?

Moderate population growth and change over the past decade in Longwarry has increased the demand for community services and facilities and local employment. In addition, Longwarry experiences heavy through traffic, flooding and ground water issues. The Plan is the required framework to clearly identify the defined town centre area, and direction for surrounding land uses. 

Implementing the Longwarry Structure Plan will assist Baw Baw Shire Council to introduce new and updated planning controls that best reflect the context of Longwarry, and to identify what infrastructure is required to support a growing population. 

Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted previous strategies that will serve as important reference material for the Plan. The existing Longwarry Structure Plan(PDF, 6MB) at Clause 21.04-7 of the Baw Baw Planning Scheme, the Baw Baw Settlement Management Plan 2013(PDF, 14MB), the Longwarry Urban Design Framework 2019(PDF, 10MB) and the Baw Baw Shire Council Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 7MB)

The Process

The Longwarry Structure Plan project will involve the following stages: 

Current Status

Baw Baw Shire Council and Echelon Planning have prepared the draft Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan following initial community consultation and extensive background research and analysis.

The Longwarry Structure Plan outlines Council’s approach for the growth and land use mix in Longwarry in response to changing community needs. The Plan will guide development and change in Longwarry to 2041 and will guide investment in infrastructure from both public and private sectors to address existing issues in Longwarry and ensure growth is appropriately serviced.

The second phase of consultation included drop-in sessions so that the community had the opportunity to provide comment and have their questions on the draft Structure Plan answered by Echelon Planning and Council officers. These drop-in sessions were supplemented by an online survey and webpage updates to ensure those who cannot attend in person were still represented.

This phase of engagement was held from 28 February 2022 to 25 March 2022.

Click here to go to the community consultation webpage.


Next Steps 

Following the community's input, the Longwarry Structure (Framework) Plan will be finalised over coming months, before going before Council for adoption.

Further Information 

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  Strategic.Planning@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au