Urban Design Framework – Trafalgar, Neerim South and Longwarry


Project summary

The Settlement Management Plan (prepared in 2013) predicts that most of Baw Baw’s future population growth is likely to be focused in the six major towns of Warragul, Drouin, Yarragon, Longwarry, Neerim South and Trafalgar.  The Plan noted that there was little or no strategic guidance for the town centres of Trafalgar, Neerim South and Longwarry.  The Urban Design Frameworks for Trafalgar, Neerim South and Longwarry protects and enhances the role and function of these towns, while recognising and protecting significant features, historic rural character and pedestrian scale. 

What is an urban design framework?

An Urban Design Framework (UDF) is a document which provides a strategically justified plan for how an area will develop and change over time in physical terms. It includes things like building heights, new street tree plantings, town entrances and pedestrian path improvements.

A UDF enables everyone (e.g. community groups, Council departments, government agencies, local developers) to follow the same plan. From community feedback and existing feedback from the Settlement Management Plan we have developed Key Directions for Longwarry, Trafalgar and Neerim South and a plan on how we might achieve it.

Key Directions


 Illustrated map of Longwarry indicating the key direction enumerated below.

The key directions are:

  1. Improve legibility and pedestrian access to train station.
  2. Recognise opportunities for Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) initiatives in the public realm.
  3. Improve the pedestrian environment and links throughout study area.
  4. Encourage infill development at vacant land parcels in study areas.
  5. Define opportunities and roles for northern and southern commercial precincts.  

Neerim South

Illustrated map of Neerim South indicating the key direction enumerated below.

The Key Directions are:

  1. Upgrade and enhance the tourism node at the town centre.
  2. Improve the ease and safety of movement of both vehicles and pedestrians.
  3. Expand the commercial core to west.
  4. Enhance and establish new community uses and event spaces to the north.
  5. Establish a series of small rest stops/plazas through the town centre.


Illustrated map of Trafalgar indicating the key direction enumerated below.

The Key Directions are:

  1. Activate and enhance the Council owned car park spine through the town centre.
  2. Improve pedestrian and vehicle access to Trafalgar Station from Contingent Street & highway frontage.
  3. Implement design guidelines outlining preferred development potential for the future mixed-use precinct.
  4. Establish ‘green streets’ along key access routes to the town centre and incorporate public art.
  5. Establish a community corridor implementing strong pedestrian and cycle links to each node.


Community consultation for the UDFs were undertaken in four phases resulting in a total of 152 submissions to Council. In response to these submissions a number of amendments were made to the documents.  The three phases were:

  • Phase 1: May 2016. An initial phase on ‘ideas’ which included a mailed ‘community bulletin’, drop-in sessions, and ‘walking tours’.
  • Phase 2: July – Aug 2016 Draft UDF’s were developed requesting submissions as well as online responses received by Council as a result of bulletins and workshops. 
  • Phase 3: February 2017. Further consultation on Draft UDF’s and a survey monkey poll conducted.
  • Phase 4: 29 January to 15 February 2019. Further consultation on Draft Longwarry UDF and Have Your Say.

Adopted Documents

The Trafalgar(PDF, 13MB) and Neerim South(PDF, 8MB) UDF’s were adopted at the Ordinary 12 December 2018 Council Meeting.  

The Longwarry UDF(PDF, 10MB) was adopted at the Ordinary 10 April 2019 Council Meeting. 

Next Steps

Council has prepared a Planning Scheme Amendment C131bawb to implement the recommendation of the UDFs. Please click here to view - Amendment C131bawb.


For further enquiries please contact the Strategic and Community Planning Team by phone on 5624 2411 or by email.