Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council (Council) have prepared the Shepparton & Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan.
The Growth Plan aims to maintain and enhance the unique attributes of Shepparton and Mooroopna and sets a vision for how the urban area will grow and chance to the year 2050.
The Growth Plan addresses key challenges to guide housing, employment, infrastructure, services and other opportunities for residents and visitors while ensuring Shepparton and Mooroopna become greener, sustainable and resilient to climate change.
The VPA finalised the Growth Plan in June 2020. Greater Shepparton City Council are now responsible for undertaking the next steps to include the Growth Plan in the Greater Shepparton City Planning Scheme.
For further information, refer to the Greater Shepparton City Council website.
Shepparton and Mooroopna are experiencing significant population growth, which has been supported by infrastructure investment from the Victorian and Federal governments. The Growth Plan ensures 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 identifies 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 Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) worked in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council to consider the infrastructure and service needs of areas that might accommodate new homes and jobs. Now the Growth Plan is finalised, Council is responsible for the process to include it in the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme and implement the actions outlined in the 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.