Central Goldfields Shire has prepared the C34cgol amendment to introduce new or revised local content into Central Goldfields Shire Planning Scheme.

The amendment is now open for public exhibition until Thursday 3 November, 2022.

The amendment applies to all land within the Central Goldfields Shire.

The amendment documents can also be viewed free of charge, at the following locations:

  • Online at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website www.delwp.vic.gov.au/public-inspection
  • In hard copy at the Council’s Customer Service Centre, 22 Nolan Street, Maryborough.

How to make a submission:

Any person who may be affected by the Amendment may make a submission to the planning authority.

Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Submissions about the Amendment can be provided using the online option below - or can be mailed to:

Amendment C34cgol

Central Goldfields Shire Council

PO Box 194 Maryborough VIC 3465

OR sent via email to: mail@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au. Please include ‘Amendment C34cgol’ in the subject field.

Submissions must be received by 3 November, 2022.

The C34cgol amendment has been prepare by Central Goldfields Shire to introduce new or revised local content into Central Goldfields Shire Planning Scheme to implement Central Goldfields Planning Scheme Review 2020 and other adopted Council Strategies, including:

• Population, Housing and Residential Strategy (2020);

• Economic Development Strategy (2020);

• Integrated Transport Strategy (2020);

• Community Plans (2020);

• Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2020-2029 (2020);

• Tourism and Events Strategy (2020)

• Maryborough Integrated Water Management Plan (2018)

• Walking and Cycling Strategy (2017);

• Sustainability Action Plan 2012-2020 (2013);

• Rural Land Capability Project (2012);

• Maryborough Bushland Study (1993).

The amendment also incorporates content from relevant strategies of state agencies.

The amendment removes a redundant overlay (Schedule 2 to Environmental Significance Overlay) from an old abattoir site (Penny and Lang Abattoirs) on the Pyrenees Highway in Flagstaff based on the recommendations from Planning Scheme Review Report (2020) and relevant referral authority (Central Highlands Water).

Please find the amendment documents attached below for detailed information on the changes made by this amendment.

The amendment is required to implement the Planning Scheme Review (PSR) adopted by Central Goldfields Shire Council (Council) in March 2020 into the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme. The Planning Scheme review has been undertaken to ensure the effectiveness of local planning contents and development controls of Central Goldfields Planning Scheme. Another purpose of the Review was to maintain consistency in the form and content with any directions or guidelines issued by the Minister for Planning.

The revised or new contents have been taken from the some of the adopted council studies (listed above) to implement the recommendations of those strategies and to strengthen relevant local provisions of Central Goldfields Planning Scheme.

The amendment applies to all land within the Central Goldfields Shire. Most policy changes are general in nature and don’t directly impact specific properties.

The removal of the Environmental Significance Overlay (Schedule 2) around Flagstaff area will affect only the properties currently under the overlay. The amendment is proposing the removal of this redundant overlay as the abattoir that it referred to has long been closed. The amendment will leave the properties with one less planning control, which is generally regarded as a positive change.

Please check the maps and spreadsheet containing the list of properties to know if your property is affected by the removal of the overlay (ESO2).

All municipalities in Victoria are guided by a local planning scheme which regulated how land can be used and developed. Each planning scheme is made up of both state and local provisions. Municipalities can only amend the local parts of the planning scheme.

A Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) is an essential process for changing the local planning provisions of a municipality.

Council can undertake a PSA to:

  • Rezone land
  • Apply or remove a planning overlay to land
  • Change or ontroduce a local policy; and/or
  • Make changes to a zone or overlay through a schedule to the zone or overlay

The PSA process ensures that landowners, occupiers and interested parties can provide their comments on the proposed changes during the exhibition period.

If submissions are received and matters raised cannot be resolved, an expert planning panel may be appointed by the Minister for Planning. The recommendations of the Panel are considered by Council prior to any decision to adopt or abandon the amendment. The Minister for Planning must approve the amendment for it to come into effect.

The amendment known as C34cgol has been prepared by Central Goldfields Shire Council to:

  • Introduce new or revised local content into Central Goldfields Shire Planning Scheme in order to implement the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme Review 2020 and other adopted Council Strategies.
  • Incorporate content from relevant strategies of state agencies.
  • Remove a redundant overlay (Schedule 2 to the Environmental Significance Overlay) from a former abattoir site (Penny and Lang Abattoirs) on the Pyrenees Highway in Flagstaff.

Details of the changes made to the Scheme can be found in the Primary Documents within the amendment website (see below) and Maps and a list of properties affected affected by the removal of the overlay (ESO2) are included.

An overlay is a planning control that indicates where special consideration by Council may required when building or development is proposed. Planning overlays provide more specialized controls for specific land features such as vegetation, heritage, buildings, or environmental risks such as bushfires or floods.

The Environmental Signifiance Overlay is used in areas of environmental sensitivity. The purpose of this overlay is to identify areas where the development of land may be affected by environmental constraints and ensure that development is compatible with identified environmental values.

Some policy changes in the amendment apply to all land within the Central Goldfields Shire. Most policy changes are general in nature and don’t directly impact specific properties. Policy direction on the future growth and other strategic directions may have an impact in the longer term.

The amendment proposes policy changes to the local planning provisions of the Planning Scheme based on adopted Council Strategies including:

• Population, Housing and Residential Strategy (2020);

• Economic Development Strategy (2020);

• Integrated Transport Strategy (2020);

• Community Plans (2020);

• Recreation and Open Space Strategy 2020-2029 (2020);

• Tourism and Events Strategy (2020)

• Maryborough Integrated Water Management Plan (2018)

• Walking and Cycling Strategy (2017);

• Sustainability Action Plan 2012-2020 (2013);

• Rural Land Capability Project (2012);

• Maryborough Bushland Study (1993).

The removal of the Environmental Significance Overlay (Schedule 2) around Flagstaff area will affect only the properties currently under the overlay. The amendment is proposing the removal of this redundant overlay as the abattoir that it referred to has long been closed. The amendment will leave the properties with one less planning control, which is generally regarded as a positive change.

Please check the maps and spreadsheet containing the list of properties to know if your property is affected by the removal of the overlay (ESO2).