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Brown Hill/Gong Gong Local Area Plan

The City of Ballarat is partnering with local residents to develop the 'Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment' project. This page provides details of the development of the plan
Community members are encouraged to get involved in the development of the plan. For more information, please contact Stephanie Durant from the City of Ballarat's Strategic Planning Team on 5320 5689 or stephaniedurant@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

June 2018

The Brown Hill Local Area Plan follows on from the community-led City of Ballarat Engaging Communities Program.

An online survey collecting thoughts about Brown Hill was completed by 41 people between mid-April and early June. Results will be collated by the consultant team and integrated into the framework plan.

On Tuesday 29 May, the first of the Brown Hill Local Area Plan Community Working Group sessions was held at Caledonian Primary School. A group of 30 people, mostly residents and some business owners, gathered for a couple of hours to discuss the things that are important to them about Brown Hill. The Council-run session gave participants the opportunity to identify the issues that concern them and their aspirations for Brown Hill’s future.

Rebecca Finn from Tract, Council’s consultant, gave a presentation about their initial findings (2.1 MB) but reiterated that this session was really focused around listening to the community. Max Hardy, a facilitator and part of the consultant team, led the group through an exercise where participants imagined they were showing friends through Brown Hill in the year 2028. The detailed itineraries highlighted the imagined new and improved parts of the community, in addition to emphasising those parts of Brown Hill that should not change.

The Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment will be a blueprint for the future of Brown Hill – an integrated and holistic land-use and framework-plan to guide local development and infrastructure provision.

The Brown Hill community had the opportunity to join the Working Group earlier this year. The second Community Working Group session will be held at the end of July. There will also be opportunity for broader community input as the project progresses in the second half of this year.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Durant from the City of Ballarat's Strategic Planning Team on 5320 5689 or stephaniedurant@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

Rebecca Finn, Associate Urban Designer, Tract Consultants

Questions raised in the presentation include:

1. Water Street is so wide. What are the opportunities?
2. Are footpaths important? Should the landscape reflect the natural landscape?
3. Is the vegetation along the ridge line important to retain?
4. Is infill development at the rear of lots good? How could it be better?
5. Is this the centre of Brown Hill? What would make it feel more like a neighbourhood centre?
6. Are parks and open space important to you? How would you improve them?
7. What character elements are key to maintaining the charm of Brown Hill?

April 2018

Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment
Following on from the work achieved through the community-led 'Engaging Communities Program', the City of Ballarat will continue to partner with local residents to develop the 'Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment' project (the Plan).
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.
Key Objectives
The key objectives of the project are to:
  1. Develop a comprehensive, integrated and realistic Local Area Plan that builds on identified community values, landscape character and a detailed understanding of issues and opportunities.
  2. Develop a strategic vision based on achieving liveability, resilience and knowledge of local issues.
  3. Develop and test future growth option scenarios with consideration of appropriate character, form, density, infrastructure needs and staging of development.
  4. Develop a framework, infrastructure and prioritised implementation plan for a preferred growth option scenario.
  5. Recommend regulatory and non-regulatory measures to protect values where required.
  6. Document local planning scheme policy and controls to implement the vision and plan, as required.
Project boundaries
The geographic scope of the project is defined by the suburb boundaries of Brown Hill and Gong Gong. Gong Gong has been included due to the strong environmental linkages between the two suburbs and because of the several significant land uses which straddle the shared boundary between them. See image below.

Get involved

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts about Brown Hill and complete a short survey. The survey closes at 5.00 pm on Monday 4 June 2018.

Surveys are available online at mySay Ballarat and hard copies can be obtained from City of Ballarat Customer Service Centre, located at The Phoenix building, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat.

Expression of Interest
Brown Hill Local Area Plan Community Working Group
Council is also seeking expressions of interest in being involved with a community working group for the Local Area Plan. The purpose of the community working group will be to provide in-depth feedback at two key stages in the project. Council is looking to establish a group that represents a broad cross-section of the community including residents, developers, business owners and members of local community groups.
The community working group will consist of a maximum of 30 people and members of the group will be required to attend two two-hour focus group sessions on Tuesday 29 May 2018 and Tuesday 31 July between 6.00 and 8.00 pm at a location in Brown Hill.
If you would like to be considered for selection, or wish to nominate someone else to be part of the community working group, please register online at https://mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au/ or call 5320 5689.
Expressions of interest close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Durant from the City of Ballarat's Strategic Planning Team on 5320 5689 or stephaniedurant@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

Stephanie Durant, City of Ballarat's Strategic Planning Team

Brown Hill Local Area Plan area map

Image: Map of the project area for the Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment project, including the suburbs of Brown Hill and Gong Gong. Supplied by Stephanie Durant, City of Ballarat's Strategic Planning Team.

This article was first published in Edition 12 of the Brown Hill Community Newsletter: https://www.brownhill.vic.au/newsletter/