requested an independent panel be established to consider submissions relating
to two long-term land use strategies.
A total of 102 submissions were received on Amendment C395 - Settlement Strategy and Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas (NWGGA) Framework Plan,
following its exhibition during June and July.
Sixty-one submissions related to the NWGGA Framework Plan, 27 focused on the
Settlement Strategy, and 14 addressed both documents.
Key matters raised in relation to the NWGGA Framework Plan were:
changes to precinct boundaries;
- timing of delivery in the growth areas;
- activity centres, road networks and drainage;
- development levies and shared funding;
the Clever and Creative Corridor;
- water management; and
were 14 requests for further residential development outside the settlement
boundaries, with the land parcels totalling about 1873 hectares.
submissions regarding the Settlement Strategy focused on:
- support for protecting the Bellarine Peninsula; and
relationship of the Strategy to the State Government’s Distinctive Areas
and Landscapes program for the Bellarine.
the submissions will be referred to an independent panel appointed by the
Minister for Planning, which is scheduled to conduct a hearing from 11 November
responses to each of the 102 submissions will form the basis of the City’s
response to the panel.
the City of Greater Geelong Settlement Strategy in October 2018, with the NWGGA
Framework Plan adopted in March 2019.
Amendment C395 seeks to implement the documents into the Greater Geelong
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood
The Settlement Strategy and the Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas
Framework Plan provide direction for Geelong’s growth over coming decades. The hearing provides a chance for submitters to present their views on the
amendment to an independent panel.
This process is part of the careful planning that goes into creating new
neighbourhoods that enjoy the character and lifestyle that Geelong is renowned
We want to create vibrant neighbourhoods that place a high value on our
environment and heritage, sustainable design, integrated transport and
community facilities for all ages.
Cr Jim Mason, Chair, Sustainable Development portfolio
The community has had
its say on the amendment relating to the Settlement Strategy and the Northern
and Western Growth Areas Framework Plan. City staff have considered all feedback and their responses will now form the
basis of the City’s submission to the independent panel.
The strategy and framework plan aim to reduce growth pressure on the Bellarine
Peninsula and increase housing diversity in our region.