Draft Toolamba Growth Plan

Greater Shepparton City Council thanks the community for their feedback and comments on the Draft Toolamba Growth Plan during the public consultation period held between 18 December 2019 and 17 February 2020.

Council, in conjunction with Ethos Urban Pty Ltd, is now considering all of submissions received and finalising the Growth Plan. A Conversation Report from the Draft Consultation will be prepared and released with the final Plan, which will be considered for adoption at an Ordinary Council Meeting in mid-2020.


In February 2019, Council appointed Ethos Urban Pty Ltd to prepare the Draft Toolamba Growth Plan, to guide future residential development in the area over the next thirty years.

Although experiencing gradual rates of population increase in the past, Toolamba’s future growth patterns could be significantly altered in coming years, due to a combination of landowners wishing to rezone and subdivide substantial tracts of land to the west of the existing township, and the proposed construction of the Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Bypass, which will include an interchange adjacent to the town. 

Although timeframes for these developments are unknown, Council wishes to ensure that residential development over the next three decades is managed to retain the integral character and natural amenity of the area, and ensure that the necessary infrastructure is delivered in a timely manner.

Pre-draft consultation was conducted in May 2019, encompassing a workshop with key referral agencies, meetings with individual landowners, and a public drop-in session in the local Community Hall. Comments received have been summarised in the Pre-draft Conversation Report which can be downloaded below.

The Draft Toolamba Growth Plan was authorised for public exhibition at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 December 2019. Council received 42 formal submissions and numerous additional informal comments during the eight-week consultation period

For more information, please contact Council’s Building, Planning and Compliance Department on (03) 5832 9730.