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Moorabool 2041

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Council anticipates forecast population growth for Moorabool Shire may be further accelerated by people moving from Melbourne, Melton and other fast growing areas. Our location on the Western Freeway, the affordability of the area and high quality education opportunities continue to make Moorabool highly desirable for families and for commuters to Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong.

Council is developing a number of key strategies as part of the Moorabool 2041 framework which includes an Urban Growth Strategy, Small Towns Strategy and Housing Strategy. More information can be found in the sections below.

Urban Growth Strategy

Council, in collaboration with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), has prepared the Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth Framework, which is the basis for Amendment C81. The Urban Growth Framework was adopted by Council on 19 September, 2018.

What is the Urban Growth Framework?

Everyone appreciates that Bacchus Marsh is a great place to live, work and invest. It is also recognised that the population is growing. Growth needs to be managed in relation to community services, parks, roads and facilities to ensure Bacchus Marsh remains a great place.

The Urban Growth Framework is a strategic document that will guide growth to 2041 and beyond.  It defines the settlement boundary and nominates potential growth areas at Merrimu, Parwan Station, Hopetoun Park North, based on land capability and growth needs.  It ties growth areas to particular infrastructure delivery and provides objectives and principles for each potential growth area.

For further information please refer to the Amendment C81 webpage.

Small Towns Strategy

The Moorabool Shire Small Towns and Settlements Strategy (STS) provides an overarching vision as to how the Shire will manage the future of its small towns and settlements. The Strategy has been  developed as a key driver of Moorabool Shire Council's strategic planning through to 2041, called Moorabool 2041.

Downloads - Small Towns and Settlements Strategy

Adopted Small Towns and Settlements Strategy

Small Towns and Settlements Strategy - Supporting Documents

Community Consultation

Housing Strategy

Council has prepared a housing strategy called Housing Bacchus Marsh to 2041, to address how it will manage growth pressures and preserve important neighbourhood character into the future.

Bacchus Marsh has been specifically identified in Plan Melbourne and the Central Highlands Regional Growth Plan as a suitable location to accommodate growth. Key reasons for this strategic direction relate to Bacchus Marsh's regional service centre role, its relative accessibility to Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat, its well established town centre and the availability of greenfield and infill development opportunities.

Housing Bacchus Marsh 2041 is one of several key projects that will be inputs into the preparation of Moorabool 2041.  Moorabool 2041 is a wide ranging strategic initiative that will guide the future growth and development of Moorabool Shire as a whole. Housing Bacchus Marsh to 2041 was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting held on 3 August, 2016.



Community Infrastructure Framework

The Community Infrastructure Framework defines Council’s policy and approach to the planning and delivery of community infrastructure, which includes:

  • Community facilities – physical infrastructure in the form of buildings, places and spaces through which community services are provided by Council and other providers, and
  • Community services – the programs and other activities provided to the community by council or other organisations. Specifically, services that require physical infrastructure to enable their delivery.

More information on the Community Infrastructure Framework

Last Updated:

Thursday, 26 May, 2016 - 14:15