Overview

The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation into Parliament that will allow the Macedon Ranges region to be declared a distinctive area with strengthened planning controls and state level planning protection from inappropriate development.

The new legislation is a key milestone in the Victorian Government’s commitment to deliver protection for the Macedon Ranges and the first step towards implementing the Plan Melbourne 2017–2050 commitment to strengthen planning protection for our distinctive landscapes and valued non-urban areas.

The Planning and Environment Amendment (Distinctive Areas and Landscapes) Bill 2017, together with the localised planning statement being developed for the Macedon Ranges, will promote economic development while conserving the environmental and cultural features that make the region so special. This includes designating long-term settlement boundaries for townships in the region expected to grow, to better protect and enhance valued natural and rural landscapes.

The settlement boundaries will apply to the townships of Gisborne, Kyneton, Romsey, Riddells Creek, Lancefield and Woodend. They will be subject to the same rigorous protections of Melbourne’s permanent Urban Growth Boundary – and will require parliamentary approval to amend them.


How to participate

We are now seeking your views on the Macedon Ranges Draft Localised Planning Statement, to ensure the final policy reflects the community’s vision for the region’s future. Feedback will inform the final statement, which will be released in mid-2018.

View the draft Macedon Ranges Draft Localised Planning Statement and summary brochure below, and provide your feedback by completing the following survey, adding comments to the interactive map, or uploading a full submission in PDF or DOC format at the bottom of this page. You can also join us at one of our information drop-in centres (details in the 'Information sessions' tab above) to chat to us in person.

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Vision statement

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Objectives and strategies

Landscape

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Biodiversity and environmental values

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Water catchments and supply

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Aboriginal cultural heritage

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European cultural heritage

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Settlements

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Agriculture and rural land

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Tourism and recreation

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Transport and infrastructure

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Settlement boundaries

Gisborne

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Kyneton

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Romsey

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Riddells Creek

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Lancefield

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Woodend

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Interactive map – map what's important to you about the Macedon Ranges

Add a pin to the map below and share your views on what the draft Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement needs to address, and why. Alternatively, click on a marked pin to read what others have to say.

Information sessions

Find out more about the draft Macedon Ranges Localised Planning Statement and share your views with us at one of the following drop-in centres.

Town

Venue

Date and time

Kyneton

Kyneton Mechanics Institute

81 Mollison St, Kyneton VIC 3444

Tuesday 30 January 2018

3.00pm – 7.30pm

Gisborne

Gisborne Community Centre (Hall)

8a Hamilton Street, Gisborne 3437

Thursday 1 February 2018

3.00pm – 7.30pm

Romsey

Romsey Community Centre (Monegeetta Room)

96-100 Main Road, Romsey 3434

Thursday 8 February 2018

3.00pm – 7.30pm

Woodend

Woodend Community Centre (Hall, near library)

Corner of Forest and High Streets, Woodend 3442

Tuesday 6 February 2018

4.00pm – 7.30pm