Urban design guidelines

The Urban Design Guidelines apply to all residential land in the Shire.  They provide guidance on both infill and greenfield development and ensure that improved urban design outcomes can be achieved.

Moorabool Urban Design Guidelines

The Urban Design Guidelines provide guidance on development in Moorabool.

Council has put the Urban Design Guidelines in place for a 12-month trial period. 

The Guidelines can assist with preparing planning permit applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the Guidelines when considering any proposed development.


Application Checklists 

All applicants across the Shire are encouraged to fill in the checklists listed below and include it with their planning permit application. Please identify if your proposed development is infill or greenfield and fill in the appropriate checklist. 

  • Infill development

    Infill development applies to a land within existing urban areas that are either undeveloped or are going to be redeveloped. Typically, redevelopment would seek to increase the density of housing on the site.

    DOC(DOCX, 59KB)

  • Greenfield development

    Greenfield development applies to a land that is undeveloped in a growth area setting that is mostly vacant and zoned for residential development. These sites typically provide for 60 or more lots.

    DOC(DOCX, 57KB)

Bacchus Marsh and Ballan

For developments in Bacchus Marsh, applicants should also refer to the Neighbourhood Character Brochures in the Bacchus Marsh Housing Strategy. For developments in Ballan, applicants should also refer to the Precinct Design Objectives in the Ballan Strategic Directions Paper. Both these publications provide guidance on the specific character and design outcomes sought for each the various neighbourhoods/precincts.