What is the Broadford 3658 Project?

The Broadford 3658 project will piece together a new structure plan for the future development and growth of the township of Broadford, with your input. The structure plan forms an important part of Mitchell Shire Council’s long-term strategic commitments. The project will consist of four key stages:

  • Stage 1: Emerging Options Paper and Consultation

  • Stage 2: Draft Structure Plan

  • Stage 3: Final Structure Plan


What is a Structure Plan?

A Structure Plan sets out a roadmap for the future and assists decision making by Council. It considers the current situation, issues and opportunities and then develops ideas to influence the future changes. Structure Plans generally include a series of policies, strategies and actions that consider the following issues:

  • The vision for the town
  • Town centre and public spaces
  • Shops, business and employment
  • Housing types and location
  • Community infrastructure (such as schools, health services, kindergarten, recreational space)
  • Open space (formal sports, playgrounds, parks)
  • Drainage, water and sewerage
  • Roads and connections
  • Public transport and cycling
  • The environment

Why does Broadford need a Structure Plan?

Broadford is identified within the Hume Regional Growth Plan and Plan Melbourne as a peri-urban town capable of growth and change. 

The structure plan will help identify what type of changes are required to strategically position Broadford in the region over the next 20 years.

The structure plan will build on Broadford’s existing strengths and address challenges to facilitate positive change. The structure plan will manage the future development of the town, meeting the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

Recommendations and actions in a structure plan will be implemented by many stakeholders over short, medium, and long-term time frames.

What is the Emerging Options paper

The Emerging Options Paper outlines options and ideas on future development in Broadford for community and stakeholder consultation. 

The aim is to encourage discussion on what the future of Broadford holds.

This paper is not intended to be a list of extensive or confirmed actions.  

Further actions will be explored and potentially included during the preparation of the Structure Plan.

The Emerging Options Paper outlines:
  • Overview and key issues
  • Principles and objectives
  • Emerging options
  • Key questions

How can I get involved?

We invite the community and interested parties to register for future engagement activities. How we engage with community members is different for every town and place because of differences in local residents and their requirements. Things we have done in the past have included focus groups, community representative groups, workshops, drop-in sessions, information booths and trader door-knocks.

We'll ask for input at different project milestones. We'll seek input in a number of ways including meeting community members, explaining the stage of the process and seeking oral or written submissions when feedback is being sought.

Our project websites will provide up-to-date information on published or draft documents, and also be used to notify residents of upcoming engagement activities. The websites will also provide a central location for online surveys, forums and discussion boards to allow an ongoing conversation between interested members of the public.

And finally, contact can always be made with Council’s Strategic Planning Department on (03) 5734 6200.