Shepparton – Mooroopna 2050 Regional City Growth Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council is preparing the Shepparton and Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan to guide the sustainable development of the Shepparton-Mooroopna urban area to the year 2050.
The Growth Plan will be a high-level document that identifies the region’s strengths, addresses key challenges and sets a vision to guide growth and development to 2050. The Growth Plan will be used to coordinate, guide and inform the preparation and consideration of future, more detailed local plans and planning processes.
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.
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.
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.
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 is now collating all feedback and will use these comments to help inform a draft plan. Once the draft plan has been completed, likely in late 2019, the VPA and council will release the plan for comment and community members will have another opportunity to have a say.
Council and the VPA will soon release a report summarising all community feedback on the Key Issues and Opportunities Report. Once this report has been released, the VPA and council will start preparing the draft growth plan, which will likely be completed by the end of 2019. The draft plan will then be subject to community consultation and will be further revised to consider and respond to community feedback.
Finally, the growth plan will be implemented into the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.