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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.
A critical component of the structure planning process involves community input about how Longwarry should evolve.
Throughout the Longwarry Structure Plan process there will be opportunities for residents to provide feedback (including face-to-face community sessions subject to COVID-19 restrictions).
Please continue to check back for opportunities to comment, or you may send any initial comments via email (titled ‘Longwarry Structure Plan’) to Strategic.Planning@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au.
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, where relevant, such as the identified employment investigation area.
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 Longwarry Structure Plan project will involve the following stages:
Stage 2 of the Longwarry Structure Plan process is now in progress with extensive background research and analysis being undertaken. It is anticipated that a Background Report will be available to view on Council’s website in April 2021.
The Background Report provides the background details of the project and will address the following:
Strategic context, including state, regional, sub-regional and local strategic planning documents.
Demographic Analysis (resident / working population)
Residential Supply / Demand Assessment
Industrial Supply / Demand Assessment
Commercial Supply / Demand Assessment
Traffic and access
Utilities and services
Urban and landscape character
Community infrastructure audit
Native vegetation and biodiversity
Natural features / flooding
The residential supply/demand assessment will consider what the differentiators are for Longwarry as a place to live over other locations such as Drouin, Warragul, Bunyip, etc.
The industrial and commercial supply/demand assessment will consider what types of businesses would seek to locate in Longwarry and what their access and infrastructure requirements might be.
Baw Baw Shire Council and Echelon Planning will continue to undertake background research and analysis, including community engagement sessions subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
Community engagement sessions are scheduled for:
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.