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Local Area Plan

In July 2017 Council committed to developing a Local Area Plan for Brown Hill.

Following on from the great work achieved through the community-led Engaging Communities Program, Council has committed to continuing to partner with local residents to develop a Local Area Plan for Brown Hill. The Plan will provide an integrated framework for the provision of infrastructure, open spaces and other key community assets to help better protect valued community and environmental features, and manage the rapid growth occurring in the area.

December 2017
Following on from Council’s Engaging Communities Program in Brown Hill the Brown Hill Partnership Group (BHPG) have agreed to work with Council’s Strategic Planning Unit in developing the Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment (the Plan).

The Plan will provide an integrated and holistic land use and framework plan for Brown Hill to guide future development and infrastructure provision and identify ways to better protect valued community and environmental features.

The BHPG, on behalf of the broader community, will act as a reference group for the project to ensure that extensive community engagement is achieved and that the Plan will provide good outcomes for Brown Hill.

Development of the Brown Hill Local Area Plan will commence early in 2018 and will include a community workshop and consultation sessions (details to be advised in the newsletter, on the 'Making Brown Hill' Facebook page and on this page.

For more information on the Brown Hill Partnership Group contact the City of Ballarat's 'Engaged Communities' Team on 5320 5746.

For more information about the Brown Hill Local Area Plan contact Emily Hobbs, Strategic Planner: strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5671.

Ballarat East Local Area Plan

In 2015, the City of Ballarat began a conversation with the community about how to better manage change in Ballarat East through a new Local Area Plan. During this process, the area defined as Ballarat East included the suburbs of Bakery Hill, Ballarat East, Eureka, Golden Point, Mount Pleasant and part of Canadian. It was also defined to include the part of Brown Hill west of the Western Freeway.

If you are interested in understanding the Local Area Plan process and/or have feedback specifically about the area defined as Ballarat East, you can view a 'Directions Paper' online. Visit the Imagine Ballarat East: Local Area Plan page via the City of Ballarat’s 'Have Your Say' web portal at mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au/mytownhall. If you have feedback, please note that submissions are due by 5 February 2018.

For more information contact Emily Hobbs, Strategic Planner: strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5671.

August 2017

The Plan is currently in the very early stages of scoping. Further information about the Plan and opportunities for the community to get involved will be provided over the coming months. If you have any queries regarding the Brown Hill Plan or the local area planning process, please feel free to get in touch with the Strategic Planning Team at the City of Ballarat at strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 7420.

27 July 2017 Brown Hill Progress Association wrote to Council seeking clarification on the planning for future housing developments within our suburb. The letter stated: 

".....We have watched with concern the increasing number of house allotments that have been subdivided to strata development with 8-10 units replacing the single dwelling and now the ever increasing small block freehold developments that are opening up on the north side of the freeway. Our concerns are not with the allotments themselves but rather with the lack of any clear strategic direction for the whole suburb. This is allowing individual developers to subdivide and build on these acreages and their submissions are passed as long as they fit the guidelines for the small subdivision but when there are 3 or 4 areas adjacent to each other the small development becomes a much bigger issue.   i.e. developments are approved in isolation ignoring their (combined) overall impact on the amenity and liveability of the whole suburb.  The main issues not being addressed are: No big picture traffic management; No overall planned green space between the individual developments; * No community wide plan in regard to building/living in a Bushfire Prone Area...." Access full details here

31 July 2017  Response from Council: "Thank you for your letter to Councillors received 24 July 2017 regarding future strategic planning direction for Brown Hill. Your enquiry is very timely as City of Ballarat are in the preliminary scoping stages of local area planning for Brown Hill. As noted by the Progress Association there is rapid growth occurring in the area and a need to provide a holistic and coordinated framework for the provision of infrastructure, open spaces and other key community assets..." Access full response here

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