Broadford Structure Plan

Thank you for taking part in the Broadford Structure Plan consultation process. This survey is now closed. We're still in the process of drafting, but keen an eye on our meetings at www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au 

We're still in the process of drafting the Broadford Structure Plan.

After our first consultation period in late 2020, we've made some changes to our proposed precincts.

We're looking to guide the future planning of the township and surrounds with the help of our community and business networks through the Broadford Structure Plan.

Based on the feedback we received, we have updated the framework for the future development of Broadford, identifying areas of future residential and economic growth.

The vision of the project is to:

> Build on Broadford’s existing strengths and address challenges to facilitate positive change

> Manage the future development of the town, meeting the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

Set amongst visually stunning landscape features coupled with its close connection to excellent transport options to Melbourne, Broadford is a dream for those wishing to live in a country town.

By sensitively growing the population in a range of housing options the existing High Street will flourish and new shops, cafes, restaurants and jobs will follow.

Interest in living in rural environments close to major employment areas is a growing trend and there has been growth in Broadford’s population.

We would like to plan for growth in a strategic manner to ensure that services and amenities are not hampered by unplanned growth.

The Draft Broadford Structure Plan will be presented to Council in late 2021, however, before then we will be hosting a Communtiy Questions and Hearings Committee dedicated to hearing back from all the submitters to our original plans.

The meeting will be held on Monday, 30 August from 7pm at the Mitchell Shire Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford.

No decision will be made on the Broadford Structure Plan at this Community Questions and Hearings Committee.

The final plan will be adopted if the Draft Broadford Structure Plan is approved by Councillors at a future Council Meeting.

For further information or assistance accessing information please call us on 5734 6200.

We're still in the process of drafting the Broadford Structure Plan.

After our first consultation period in late 2020, we've made some changes to our proposed precincts.

We're looking to guide the future planning of the township and surrounds with the help of our community and business networks through the Broadford Structure Plan.

Based on the feedback we received, we have updated the framework for the future development of Broadford, identifying areas of future residential and economic growth.

The vision of the project is to:

> Build on Broadford’s existing strengths and address challenges to facilitate positive change

> Manage the future development of the town, meeting the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

Set amongst visually stunning landscape features coupled with its close connection to excellent transport options to Melbourne, Broadford is a dream for those wishing to live in a country town.

By sensitively growing the population in a range of housing options the existing High Street will flourish and new shops, cafes, restaurants and jobs will follow.

Interest in living in rural environments close to major employment areas is a growing trend and there has been growth in Broadford’s population.

We would like to plan for growth in a strategic manner to ensure that services and amenities are not hampered by unplanned growth.

The Draft Broadford Structure Plan will be presented to Council in late 2021, however, before then we will be hosting a Communtiy Questions and Hearings Committee dedicated to hearing back from all the submitters to our original plans.

The meeting will be held on Monday, 30 August from 7pm at the Mitchell Shire Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford.

No decision will be made on the Broadford Structure Plan at this Community Questions and Hearings Committee.

The final plan will be adopted if the Draft Broadford Structure Plan is approved by Councillors at a future Council Meeting.

For further information or assistance accessing information please call us on 5734 6200.

Thank you for taking part in the Broadford Structure Plan consultation process. This survey is now closed. We're still in the process of drafting, but keen an eye on our meetings at www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au 

  • Project update - Key changes information sheet

    Info sheet with Key Changes

    Council officers have prepared an information sheet with a summary of key changes proposed to the final Structure Plan. With these key changes, we try to strike a balance between listening to the concerns raised by the community and preparing Broadford to grow.

    With over 70 submissions received, it is not possible to fully incorporate ever argument that has been put forward to us. However, the key changes include no residential area on the Pine Plantation, no full closure of Powlett Street and lower densities and larger block sizes in the Residential Growth Area.

    The full information sheet can be found here: Broadford Structure Plan - Information Sheet

  • Project update - August 2021

    Process on making changes to the Structure Plan

    Currently we are in the process on making changes to the draft Structure Plan, based on the submissions received. Key changes are being discussed with our Councilors in the upcoming weeks and I hope to be able to share an overview of the proposed key changes with you later this month.

    Community Questions and Hearings Committee

    A Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting on the Broadford Structure Plan is scheduled for Monday 30 August 2021. Attached to this e-mail you will find the letter with more information on how you can sign up to address our Councilors at this meeting.

    At this point in time I am optimistic that we will be able to have this meeting in person, but this will obviously depend on the Covid restrictions in place at that point in time.

    Next Steps

    After the Community Questions and Hearings committee, the final Structure Plan will be prepared. This final plan will then be discussed at a Council Meeting later this year.

  • Project update - June 2021

    Councillors and Community Liaison Group Bus Tour

    On 8 April 2021 a joint bus tour was organised with members from the Community Liaison Group, Councillors and Council officers. The group went out on site and visited a number of key locations, including the Pine Plantation, the Hamilton Street Bridge, Davidson Street and Powlett Street. Key comments from submitters have been shared and discussed on site.

    Petition on the Jeffreys Lane Growth Area proposal

    On 28 May 2021, a petition was lodged with Council relating the proposed Jeffreys Lane Growth Area, accompanied with digital and hard copy signatures. Council has also received a number of other late submissions on the Draft Broadford Structure Plan. With these supportive and opposing submissions, the total number of submissions has now grown to 70. The additional petition and submissions have been discussed with Council’s Management Team on Wednesday 16 June. At this meeting, a decision was made to continue the process around the Broadford Structure Plan and proceed to organise the Community Questions and Hearings Committee.

    Next Steps

    A Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting on the Broadford Structure Plan is now scheduled for Monday 30 August 2021, subject to Covid restrictions in place at that point in time. At this meeting, the organisers of the petitions and all submitters will have the opportunity to address our Councillors. All submitters will receive further information on how you can sign up and participate on that day.

    After that meeting, the Final Structure Plan will be prepared and discussed at a Council Meeting later this year.

  • Project update - March 2021

    Submissions to the Draft Broadford Structure Plan

    The Draft Structure Plan has been out for community consultation in August and September 2020. By the end of 2020, we have received 65 submissions to the Draft Plan. Of the 65 submissions, 43 are from local residents, seven (7) from government/servicing agencies, six (6) from consultants/developers, five (5) from local businesses and four (4) from community groups. The status of the submissions can be categorized as: Six (6) are supportive, 26 are supportive and have requested changes, 22 are objecting and have also requested changes and 11 are objecting.

    In November, December 2020 and January 2021 we have met with some of the submitters. Where possible we have done this on site, which has helped to clarify the submission and gives the opportunity to see if issues can be resolved.

    In December and February we have updated our Councilors through a Steering Committee meeting. The Councilors have received a consultation summary report, which includes a description of the process undertaken so far and a summary of all the submissions.

    A full document of 447 pages with all full submissions has also been shared with them. In the second week of March, the Community Liaison Group (CLG) established for the Broadford Structure Plan met and discussed the submissions and key topics emerging from consultation.

    Six key topics have been identified: The Pine Plantation, the Jeffreys Lane Growth Precinct, the retail core in the Town Centre, the proposed employment land, the Strath Creek Road development and the provision of Community Infrastructure.

    Currently we are working through changes we are proposing for each of those areas.

    Next Steps

    There will be a bus tour with members from the Community Liaison Group and Councilors in the first week of April. Once again we will be out on site to discuss key issues with them. After that bus tour, Council Officers will start to prepare a new version of the Structure Plan.

    This new version will see changes based on the submissions made and conversations we have had over the last half year. It is currently estimated that it will take two to three months to produce.

    This new version of the Structure Plan will then be discussed with our Councilors at a Steering Committee meeting and with the Community Liaison Group. After those meetings, a decision will be made if the new Structure Plan needs to be re-exhibited or if the consultation undertaken is deemed sufficient.

    A Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting on the Broadford Structure Plan will be organized later in 2021. This meeting will give all the submitters to the Draft Structure Plan the opportunity to present to our Councilors directly.

    A date for this meeting is still to be confirmed.

  • Watch videos

    We've prepared a number of short videos for you to understand what exactly is being proposed in the plan. The videos cover:

    • An introduction to draft plan
    • What is a structure plan
    • The residential precinct
    • The town centre precinct
    • The employment precinct

    View videos here.

  • Download documents

    You can download the documents relating to the Draft Broadford Structure Plan.

    • Draft plan 2020
    • Background reports 2020
    • Emerging options paper 2018

    Download here

    Please note, because these documents contain maps and illustrations, many of them are quite large file sizes and have many pages. They will take a long time to download, will use a lot of data and contain many pages if you are printing.

    Normally, we would have hard copies available to view at our Customer and Library Service Centres but they are not open because of COVID restrictions.

    If you would like us to mail you a hard copy please call 5734 6200.

  • Attend an information session

    We're hosting a number of online sessions to run through the plans.

    • 1 September, 4-6pm
    • 17 September, 6-7pm

    We'll provide details of how to access when you register.

    Registrations are essential and can be made by calling 5734 6200.

  • Take a survey

    There are a number of ways you can provide input.

    • Take our online survey (or contact us on 5743 6200 for a hard copy survey)
    • Call our project team on 5734 6200.

    Take online survey here.