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.
Development of the Brown Hill Local Area Plan has now commenced and will include a community workshop and consultation sessions.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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