Longwarry Structure Plan

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About the Longwarry Structure 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. 

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

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, 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 Process

The Longwarry Structure Plan project will involve the following stages: 

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

Current Status

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: 

  • Municipality profile covering the location, settlement structure, transport, infrastructure. 
  • 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 

  • Cultural Heritage 

  • Urban and landscape character 

  • Community infrastructure audit 

  • Native vegetation and biodiversity 

  • Natural features / flooding 

  • Summary SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). 

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. 

Next Steps 

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:

  • Thursday 8 April 2021 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Longwarry Public Hall
  • Saturday 10 April 2021 from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the Longwarry Public Hall (location moved from the IGA supermarket due to wet weather forecast).

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