What is a structure plan?

    A structure plan sets a 10 to 20 year vision to guide the future planning of an area.

    Structure plans are prepared with the involvement of the local community, businesses, investors, government agencies and technical experts.

    A structure plan sets appropriate directions and opportunities for change that ensures an area will be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

    Structure plans include:

    • A clear vision for the area.
    • Plans to guide future land uses.
    • Locations of community hubs (schools, health centres, kindergartens, etc.).
    • Plans to grow and improve local town centres.
    • Mobility plans which cover traffic, car parking, walking, cycling, public transport and freight transport routes.
    • Guidance about the design of new buildings in key locations.
    • Plans to enhance open space, town entrances, public gathering spaces, parks and gardens.
    • Ways to attract and develop stronger economic growth, business and tourism development.
    • Protection and enhancement of key landscape and heritage assets.

    What issues can a structure plan consider?

    Issues that can be considered during the structure plan process vary according to the place. They may include: 

    • The shared vision for the town
    • Town centre & public space design
    • Shops, businesses and employment provision
    • Housing provision
    • Heritage and neighbourhood character
    • Community infrastructure (such as schools, health services, kindergarten)
    • Open space (active sports, playgrounds, parks)
    • Roads and connections
    • Public transport, cycling and walking connections
    • The environment & areas of conservational value
    • Utilities & services

    A structure plan will identify the important things that should be protected, and things that need to be improved. 

    Why prepare a structure plan for Seymour?

    Seymour was identified in the Hume Regional Growth Plan as a town for significant change.  The structure plan will help identify what type of changes are required to strategically position Seymour in the region over the next 10 - 20 years.  The structure plan will build on Seymour'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 reisdents, businesses and visitors.

    How will the structure plan be prepared?

    It generally takes about 12 - 18 months from the start of a structure planning process until it is finally approved.

    The preparation of a structure plan requires a number of technical reports to be undertaken which address economic development and employment, traffic and parking studies, community infrastructure assessments and environmental reports.

    What will it lead to?

    The structure plan will assist Council mainly with planning issues, but it also goes beyond this. It is a key strategic document that helps Councils and agencies determine the future provision of infrastructure and services.

    A completed structure plan will include recommendations for Council in future planning, community infrastructure, recreation, urban design and economic development activities. This may include recommendations for changes to the Mitchell Planning Scheme and also influence Council’s Capital Works Program which can lead to physical improvements to public areas.

    A structure plan can also be used by residents, developers and other agencies to guide the consideration of future requests for rezoning and planning permit applications. 

    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.

    Council will always provide a minimum of 4 weeks for wider public engagement during key project milestones, and use this time to go out and meet community members, explain the stage of the process and seek oral or written submissions when feedback is being sought.

    Our project websites provide up-to-date information on published or draft documents, and are also used to notify residents of upcoming engagement activities. The websites 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.

    Will the Seymour Structure Plan link to the Levee Bank Project?

    Whilst the Seymour Structure Plan and the Levee Bank Project are two separate projects, they are linked.  The final design of the levee will be considered simultaneously with the Structure Plan for Seymour and the communities' 'Vision for the Town'.  The development of the levee will also potentially change land use zonings where land is identified as no longer being affected by flooding.