Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050

Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050 Regional City Growth Plan

The VPA in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council (council) have prepared the draft Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan. The draft Growth Plan has incorporated feedback from community engagement on the Key Issues and Opportunities Report which occurred in February and March 2019.

The draft Growth Plan can be downloaded under Supporting Documentation below.

A draft Background Report can also be downloaded below. This document contains a complimentary set of information that provides the evidence base for the draft Growth Plan.

A summary newsletter can also be downloaded below. The newsletter includes a summary of the contents of the Growth Plan and information on community engagement and next steps.

The draft Growth Plan was available for community comment in September and October 2019. We received 30 community submissions and we are now preparing a Community Engagement Summary Report.

Key Issues and Opportunities report

The VPA and Greater Shepparton City Council have prepared a Key Issues and Opportunities report that has lots of ideas for future change in Shepparton and Mooroopna. The community were invited to provide feedback on the report between February and March 2019. The feedback received has been summarised in a Community Engagement Summary Report. The feedback will be considered when preparing the draft Growth Plan.

The Key Issues and Opportunities report and the Community Engagement Summary report can be downloaded under Supporting Documentation below.

Growth Plan

We determined the areas for growth by reviewing identified residential and industrial investigation areas in the following documents:

  • Greater Shepparton Housing Strategy (2011)
  • Industrial Land Review (2016).

This review considered:

  • land supply needs
  • development constraints
  • consultation with key stakeholders.

Our review identified the most appropriate areas for over the next 30 years for residential and industrial development.

The future growth areas have also been informed by guidance provided by a range of state and local policy including:

  • Hume Regional Growth Plan 2014
  • Greater Shepparton Housing Strategy 2011
  • State and Local policy in the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.

Council will mainly be responsible for leading the implementation of the Growth Plan. The Growth Plan provides a comprehensive work plan for:

  • guiding future growth and development, and to
  • ensuring alignment and common purpose between state and regional planning decisions.

The Growth plan will help to guide future planning processes. This includes rezoning of growth areas and precinct planning via structure and development plans.

  • The proposed growth areas area conditional on:
  • a range of further assessments
  • relevant council resolutions
  • Planning Minister Support (where planning scheme amendments are required).

Other actions in the Growth Plan will be implemented by council programs and government partnerships.

Funding will primarily be through council and state government partnerships. Council funding will be the man mechanism to fund the growth plan. A number of actions in the Growth Plan are currently unfunded and will require allocation through council’s budget process or via other revenue streams such as grants or state and federal budget allocations.

Background Information

A growth plan is an overarching land-use plan that establishes a vision and spatial structure for an urban area, in this case the urban areas of Shepparton and Mooroopna areas. A growth plan:guides sustainable growth and development over the long term

  • identifies the steps needed to manage growth
  • defines key projects and infrastructure required to support growth
  • provides a more certain environment for making both public and private investment decisions.

The growth plan will be used to coordinate, guide and inform the preparation and consideration of future, more detailed local plans, planning scheme amendments and planning permit applications.

Shepparton and Mooroopna are experiencing significant population growth, which has been supported by infrastructure investment from the Victorian and Federal governments. It is necessary to prepare a growth plan for Shepparton and Mooroopna to ensure the city has the homes, jobs, open space and services required to accommodate an increase in residents.

In addition to identifying land that is suitable for new homes, the growth plan will identify land for new jobs and economic industries and include proposals for protecting land with important environmental values. This will ensure that Shepparton and Mooroopna develop in a sustainable, co-ordinated manner.

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to lead this project from conception through to finalisation. Throughout all steps of the project we will be working in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council, state government agencies and local community members to ensure the growth plan considers and reflects their input.

The VPA is working in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council to consider the infrastructure and service needs of areas that might accommodate new homes and jobs.  Once the growth plan is finalised and in the planning scheme, council will take over the project and be responsible for putting the plan into action.

Future Changes

The growth plan will not rezone land directly. After the plan is incorporated in the planning scheme, new urban areas that were identified in the growth plan will be subject to further technical assessments and consultation.

More detailed plans will then be prepared, which will include specific development requirements and guidelines. These plans will be accompanied by relevant planning scheme amendments to be implemented into the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.

Community members will have several opportunities to have a say on these plans.

Next Steps

In February, the VPA and council released a Key Issues and Opportunities Report exploring ideas that will underpin the draft growth plan, which more than 250 people provided feedback on.

The VPA has collated the feedback and used this to inform the draft Growth Plan.

The community are now invited to provide feedback on the draft Growth Plan from 23 September until 28 October 2019. You can provide feedback in three ways:

  1. Let us know what we have missed by clicking here to complete an online submission form.
  2. Provide your submission via post to:
    Victorian Planning Authority
    Level 25, 35 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    Attention: Emily Killin
  3. Meet with the VPA and council staff to provide your feedback at any of the following times:
    • Sunday 6 October 2019 9am to 1pm
      Shepparton Farmers’ Market, 7710 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla
    • Thursday 24 October 2019 10.30am to 2pm
      Woolworths/Aldi, Mooroopna (car park side)
    • Thursday 24 October 2019 3pm to 6pm
      Vaughan Central, Shepparton (outside Coles and KMART)

Once consultation on the draft Growth Plan has ended we will work through all your feedback. Your comments will help us prepare a final Growth Plan by the 2019.

The Growth Plan will become part of the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme. It will inform future planning projects and help council advocate for the delivery of identified infrastructure

Supporting Documentation

Key Issues and Opportunities report - February 2019
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Key Issues and Opportunities report - February 2019_low res

This low resolution version of the report is available for downloading. Please note, the images and colours may be less clear.

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Draft Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan
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Draft Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan Background Report
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Draft Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan - Newsletter September 2019
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Primary school engagement report - October 2018
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Shepparton Mooroopna - 2050 - Key Issues And Opportunities - Community Engagement Report - June 2019
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