The Greater Shepparton Housing Strategy 2011 (GSHS) was prepared to guide the long term identification and provision of residential land within the City of Greater Shepparton. The GSHS was implemented into the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme (Planning Scheme) in 2012 via Amendment C93. Amendment C93 included framework plans for all future residential land in the Planning Scheme. It also identified six residential Investigation Areas, including Investigation Area 3, which may accommodate future residential development after further strategic planning investigations have taken place that better understand the ability of the land to be developed for residential purposes. Flooding was identified as the major issue that needed to be resolved in a future investigation study.
Council undertook an investigation into the suitability of the land to accommodate residential uses in 2015. As part of this process, Council engaged Water Technology Pty Ltd to prepare a model of flood behaviour and conceptual masterplan for the land. The Model of Flood Behaviour and Conceptual Masterplan Report was noted by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 19 July 2016.
Amendment C195 to the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme implemented the intent of the Conceptual Masterplan and recommended that land could accommodate low density and conventional residential development.
Council has allocated funding in 2020/2021 to commence planning and investigation works for the land. These works are required to be undertaken before a Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) and Development Contributions Plan (DCP) can be prepared for the land. The PSP will guide the future development of all land, and the DCP will identify and cost the quantum of infrastructure required to support the future development of the land.
A planning scheme amendment will then be prepared to implement the PSP and DCP before the land can be developed for residential purposes.
Timeline for development
- Amendment C93 approved and gazetted by the Minister for Planning
- Model of Flood Behaviour and Conceptual Master Plan
- Amendment C195 approved and gazetted by the Minister for Planning that implemented the Model of Flood Behaviour and Conceptual Master Plan
- Council undertaking preliminary design work to inform the Precinct Structure Plan and Development Contributions Plan
- Planning Scheme Amendment to apply the DCP and PSP to the land