The amendment applies to land within the North East Precinct Area, which is an area of 177 hectares bound by Verney Road to the west, Ford Road to the north, Grahamvale Road to the east and a Goulburn-Murray Water drainage reserve to the south.
Amongst other things, the amendment proposes to rezone the land to the Urban Growth Zone, and to introduce the Shepparton North East Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) and the Shepparton North East Development Contributions Plan (DCP) into the Planning Scheme to allow for the future development of the land in accordance with the PSP.
The VPA and Council have prepared a comprehensive PSP and DCP for the future residential development of the area known as the NEPSP.
The NEPSP was identified as one of five main residential growth areas for Shepparton and Mooroopna in the Greater Shepparton Housing Strategy 2011.
The purpose of a PSP is to provide a ‘big picture’ plan that sets out the vision for developing new communities and is an effective tool for guiding development in identified growth areas. PSPs identify where all of the required shared infrastructure such as roads, key intersections, shopping centres, retardation basins, parks and schools will be located.
The PSP will guide the future development of the North East Precinct Area to accommodate approximately 1,500 lots or an equivalent population of approximately 4,000 people. The PSP outlines a vision for a suburb with 1,500 new homes, a local convenience centre and community facility, a district park, four local parks, the retention and potential expansion of two school sites, and drainage and transport networks.
The precinct has been designed to integrate into the existing character of the overall area and will include access to major existing roads such as Grahamvale, Ford and Verney Roads. The precinct will also include shared bicycle and pedestrian paths linking to schools, community facilities and open space.
Development of the NEPSP includes Public Acquisition Overlays (PAOs) for open space, a community facility, roads, key intersections and retardation basins, with developers of the North East Precinct Area expected to contribute over $27 million in development contributions to help pay for all of the required shared infrastructure. This is a long-term, 30-year plus, plan for growth and the area is expected to be developed gradually.
You may inspect the document, free of charge at the following locations:
- in person during office hours, at the office of the planning authority, the Victorian Planning Authority, Level 25, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne or at any time on the VPA website;
- in person during office hours, at the office of Greater Shepparton City Council, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton; or
- at any time at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
How to have your say
The formal submission process has now closed. All submissions received by the VPA were referred to an Independent Planning Panel for consideration.
Two Directions Hearings were held on Friday, 11 May 2018 and Thursday, 2 August 2018. The Panel Hearing was held on Monday 20 August 2018 at the Shepparton Law Courts, 18 High Street, Shepparton.
The Panel Report recommends that Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme Amendment C118 be adopted with minor changes to the amendment documentation. A copy of the Panel Report can be found below.
All documentation relating to the amendment can be found on the VPA website.
If you have any queries in relation to the amendment, please call the VPA at (03) 9651 9636 or Council’s Building and Planning Department on (03) 5832 9730.