Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with Greater Shepparton City Council and government agencies, is preparing the Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan to guide new urban development in Shepparton.
The Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan will provide up to 2,500 homes to accommodate a population of more than 6,000. The precinct structure plan will leverage its proximity to existing commercial land, including the Shepparton Marketplace and extensive existing aged care accommodation, while providing local community facilities, services and parks.
The Shepparton South East Precinct Structure Plan is the largest of five proposed major growth corridors in the Shepparton-Mooroopna urban area. The precinct applies to approximately 385 hectares of land and is bounded by commercial uses along the Midland Highway (Benalla Road) to the north, the Shepparton Alternate Route (Doyles Road) to the east, the Broken River to the south and the existing limit of residential development to the west.
Key opportunities for the precinct include:
- improvements to the open space network, including a new recreation reserve
- provision for a local convenience centre and community facilities
- integrate with adjoining commercial and employment areas
- flood mitigation and improvements to drainage
- delivery of a local bus capable connector road network
- provision of walking and cycling links connecting key destinations
- protecting significant cultural heritage and environmental values along the Broken River.
Interactive map of Shepparton South East PSP
A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land use and infrastructure plan to guide the development of an area over time. It provides certainty for community members and developers by providing a long-term vision for how an area will develop in the future.
A PSP sets out the preferred locations of residential and employment land and infrastructure, and provides guidance for transport and parking, urban design, heritage and character, open spaces and integrated water management.
Together with the broader planning framework, precinct structure planning is an important part of the Victorian Government’s strategy to address population growth, housing and employment demands.
A Development Contributions Plan (DCP) is a mechanism for funding basic and essential local infrastructure required by a new community. The Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) provides the strategic justification for the DCP items.
The DCP is necessary to deliver all the infrastructure items required within the Shepparton South East PSP area. Specifically, the DCP covers the cost of land acquisition and/or construction for basic and essential drainage assets, intersections, community facilities and active recreation facilities.
When land is developed within the precinct, the Shepparton South East DCP will ensure the appropriate financial contribution is paid in line with the cost of delivering essential infrastructure to serve the area. There is no obligation for landowners in the precinct, or people outside the precinct, to pay these contributions until such time as landowners choose to develop their land.
A planning scheme governs the way land can be used and developed within the bounds of the Victorian Planning System.
A planning scheme amendment is updated from time to time to change the way land can be used or developed or to improve a particular scheme.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is leading the preparation of the precinct structure plan and planning controls for the Shepparton South East Precinct in consultation with Greater Shepparton Council. The VPA is also coordinating and facilitating a whole of Government approach which includes the consultation of all relevant agencies and Council.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared the plan with the assistance of:
- Greater Shepparton City Council
- State Government agencies
- service authorities, and
- other key stakeholders.
The plan considers the:
- existing natural and built features of the site
- surrounding uses
- infrastructure needs of the future community
Technical investigations have been undertaken to prepare the draft plan including:
- aboriginal cultural heritage and post-contact heriatge
- site suitability: contamination, geology, hydrology, noise, amenity
- stormwater drainage and flood management
- flora and fauna
- bushfire assessment
- community facilities and open space
- economic and retail
- transport & movement
- utilities servicing.
About the precinct
The Shepparton South East precinct is located in Greater Shepparton City Council, approximately 2 kilometres south east of Shepparton’s CBD.
The Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is 385 hectares bounded by existing urban development to the north and west, the Broken River to the south, and Doyles Road to the east.
The Shepparton South East precinct contains:
- the Broken River corridor and environs
- existing rural roads including Channel Road, Poplar Avenue and Feiglin Road
- a series of extant drainage assets and irrigation channels
- small number of scattered dwellings and native vegetation
- several active orchards and associated buildings or uses.
The area has been earmarked for urban development for more than a decade, being identified in the Hume Regional Growth Plan, Greater Shepparton Housing Strategy, 2011 and the Shepparton and Mooroopna 2050: Regional City Growth Plan.
The VPA is working to deliver on Council and the state government’s objectives to speed up the delivery of new housing in Shepparton to meet the needs of a growing population and provide homes and jobs for Victorians.
Providing more land for housing will mean Victorians have access to a range of homes that suit different needs, budgets, and lifestyle choices. It also helps put downward pressure on housing prices and contributes to making housing more affordable.
Land planned for residential and uses will be supported by community facilities, open space, shops, school sites, and essential services such as water, sewerage, and electricity.