Current Strategic projects

Advertising Signage Policy

The Warrnambool Advertising Signage Policy was adopted by Council on 3 June 2019.

The Warrnambool City Council has developed the Policy to ensure advertising signs make a positive contribution to the public realm and the quality of the streetscape and the building with which they are visually associated. 

The Policy will apply to all planning permit applications for signage in the Warrnambool municipality. 

The Policy will provide guidance on the design, siting and size of advertising signage and will be used by Council’s Planning Department as part its assessment of planning permit applications for signage. 

Implementing the Policy

A Planning Scheme Amendment is currently being prepared to implement the Policy into the Warrnambool Planning Scheme.  

For further information, please contact Andrew Nield, Strategic Planner, on (03) 5559 4800 or by email anield@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

Allansford Strategic Framework Plan

The Allansford Strategic Framework Plan (Allansford SFP) was adopted by Council on 3 May 2021.

The Allansford SFP sets a long-term strategic land use vision for Allansford and provides a framework for its future growth and development over the next 20 years.

The Allansford SFP has considered site attributes, relevant policy and range of feedback received during three rounds of community and stakeholder engagement. 

The Allansford SFP can be accessed via the link provide to the right. 

To give effect to the Allansford SFP, Council will prepare a planning scheme amendment to provide the policy direction to deliver the recommendations of the plan. 

Please contact Andrew Nield on (03) 5559 4800, or by email planning@warrnambool.vic.gov.au with any questions in relation to the Allansford SFP.

East of Aberline Precinct Structure Plan

The future urban growth area is located between Wangoom Road to the north, Dales Road to the south, Aberline Road to the west, and Horne Road to the east.

The growth area covers approximately 360 hectares of land. The northern boundary of the growth area abuts the municipal boundary of Moyne Shire. The growth area is positioned centrally to other key development sites identified in the Warrnambool Planning Scheme, being the Eastern Activity Precinct and the Horne Road Industrial Precinct.

A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is being prepared for the growth area to guide future development and land use outcomes within the growth area, known as East of Aberline Precinct Structure Plan.

On 7 September 2019 the Minister for Planning appointed the VPA as the planning authority to prepare the PSP, at the request of Warrnambool City Council. This means that this project has been identified as a priority for timely completion by the Victorian Government and the VPA will lead the preparation of the PSP, working closely with Council.

Further information, including regular updates, can be found on the VPA’s website at https://vpa.vic.gov.au/project/east-aberline/

Please contact Jeff Tait, Senior Strategic Planner at the VPA, jeff.tait@vpa.vic.gov.au or Julie Glass, Coordinator City Strategy at Warrnambool City Council, jglass@warrnambool.vic.gov.au for further enquiries.

 

Eastern Activity Centre Structure Plan

The Eastern Activity Centre is Warrnambool’s only major activity centre, second only in scale and importance to the City Centre. In addition to its importance as an activity centre, the centre, and adjoining land to the east, also serves a role as the City’s current eastern gateway.

Activity Centres provide a broad range of goods and services to residents, businesses, and visitors focussing on mixed use development including retail, commercial and residential. The existence of a comprehensive network of activity centres, that differ in role and function, provide an important contribution to the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of Warrnambool and southwest Victoria.  

A Structure Plan is a document that provides guidance and certainty about the intended use and development outcomes for an area, in this case, a mixed-use activity centre.

The Warrnambool Eastern Activity Centre Structure Plan has been implemented into the Warrnambool Planning Scheme. The Structure Plan identifies a vision for the centre, as well as guiding land use and development outcomes that supports the centre’s role in Warrnambool’s network of Activity Centres. The Structure Plan also recognises the prominent gateway role of the Eastern Activity Centre.

The Structure Plan is accompanied by a Shared Infrastructure Plan which sets out the higher order shared infrastructure that is required to service new development within the Eastern Activity Centre.

For further information, please contact Julie Glass, Coordinator City Strategy, on (03) 5559 4836 or by email jglass@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

North Dennington Development Plan

On 3 August 2015, Council endorsed a Development Plan for the North Dennington Growth Area.

The Development Plan applies to all land within the Growth Area as defined by the adopted North Dennington Structure Plan. The area generally includes all land west of Harrington Road, south and east of the Merri River, and north of the former railway line.

For further information please contact James Phillips on telephone (03) 5559 4781.

Review of Land Uses within Industrial Buffers

The purpose of the Review of Land Uses within Industrial Buffers project is to provide clarity regarding the policy basis for and extent of recommended separation distances ( ‘Recommended separation distances for industrial residual air emissions’, Publication 1518). The Review also provides guidance on how land uses within recommended separation distance to existing industry can be actively managed. 

The Review provides guidance on the application of local planning policy, application of planning controls, and the consideration of applications for planning permits.  Through its implementation, the Review will create greater certainty for residents and landowners regarding the future directions for development within close proximity to existing industrial uses.

Stage 1 (West Warrnambool Industrial Precinct) has been completed. Stages 2-5 has now commenced. Consultants will be undertaking their on-site investigations during the week beginning 20 June 2016.

For further information please contact Jodie McNamara on telephone (03) 5559 4403.

Sustainable Subdivisions Framework

The creation of a subdivision is the creation of a community. Subdivision design commences with a relatively blank canvas, setting up the life of the community that will extend over hundreds of years. The initial subdivision design presents an enormous opportunity to create the fundamental conditions for a sustainable and resilient community.

The long-term nature of subdivision planning is now set against the backdrop of our climate fundamentally changing. Many councils are currently planning for population growth for the next 20-30 years, in some cases via Precinct Structure Plans, without considering how these communities might contribute to the 2050 net zero emissions target identified in the Victorian Climate Change Act.

Despite clear objectives in existing planning policy, which seek to influence sustainable design outcomes in the built environment, there are limited information requirements and standards to support a robust evaluation of a subdivision from a sustainability perspective.

What is the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework?

The Framework seeks to mitigate the impacts of future climate projection scenarios, creating sustainable and liveable subdivisions that can adapt to the changing climate. The Framework identifies seven (7) categories that can assist in creating environmentally sustainable subdivisions:

  • Site Layout and Liveability
  • Streets and Public Realm
  • Energy
  • Ecology
  • Integrated Water Management (IWM)
  • Urban Heat
  • Circular Economy (Materials and Waste)

The seven Framework categories each include objectives and measurable standards to facilitate stronger sustainability outcomes and apply innovation and implementation considerations to all categories.

Sustainable Subdivisions Framework Trial

The Warrnambool City Council along with partnering local governments are testing the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework through existing planning processes for an 18-month trial from October 2020 to March 2022.

Warrnambool City Council will be providing a free assessment of subdivision applications greater than 3 lots against the Sustainable Subdivisions Framework for the duration of the trial.  There is no application fee for developers and while the take-up of sustainability recommendations is highly encouraged, it is voluntary, enabling capacity building and shared consideration of innovative approaches. Through this process we aim to understand the willingness of the development community to adopt voluntary recommendations, while simultaneously gaining detailed feedback on the Framework.

We invite you to talk to us about opportunities to apply the Framework to your project/subdivision applications.

For any further queries, please contact Julie Glass, Coordinator City Strategy, email jglass@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

There are a range of materials and resources available to support the Framework.

For detailed information about the Framework, please visit the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) website

There is an extensive array of resources available to support the Framework, including a copy of the Framework and sample submission requirements.

Warrnambool Housing Diversity Strategy

The Warrnambool City-Wide Housing Strategy 2013 highlighted the need to identify opportunities to direct population growth into established urban areas. The strategy notes that redirecting growth would assist in increasing the City’s land supply and would result in significant ongoing savings in infrastructure and service provision.

Council has commenced the preparation of a Housing Diversity Strategy to explore opportunities to ensure housing growth in established areas occurs in the right way and in appropriate locations.

It is anticipated that the Housing Diversity Strategy will identify opportunities to increase housing diversity in close proximity to public transport infrastructure and open space. The strategy will identify infrastructure projects (e.g. footpath improvements) that may be required to support increased population growth and diversification of housing in key locations.

For further information please contact Jenny Emeny on (03) 5559 4421 or email jemeny@warrnambool.vic.gov.au.

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Review

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme controls land use and development within the municipality. 

It contains State and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme indicates if a planning permit is required to establish a new use of land, to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

The Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) contains planning policies and statements about how decisions will be made, and provides guidance on issues of local significance.

The LPPF contains a Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) which establishes the strategic planning framework for the City and captures significant planning directions (i.e. greenfield growth areas, city centre renewal, protection of key environmental assets, etc).  The MSS is dynamic and should be continually refined as Council revises its strategic directions.

The MSS and LPPF are informed by a number of Council strategies and policies including the Council Plan (2013-2017), Health and Wellbeing Plan, City-Wide Housing Strategy, Retail Strategy, Industrial Land Use Strategy, Warrnambool Open Space Strategy, to name a few.

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project 2015

In 2014, Council commenced a comprehensive review of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme.  The objectives of the project were to:

  • Ensure the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) is consistent with, and is underpinned by the structure and themes at the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) level.
  • Determine whether new policies need to be prepared to implement adopted Council strategies and policies.
  • Provide a draft revised Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), LPPF and land use planning controls (ie. zones and overlays).

On 2 February 2015, Council endorsed the final report for the Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project. 

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite final report contained a number of recommendations that will be implemented by a staged approach. The first stage included:

  • Restructure the LPPF, and more specifically the MSS, to align it with the SPPF.
  • Update the LPPF to reflect Council strategies, plans and polices.
  • Refresh the MSS to be a more contemporary document and reflect current issues and influences.
  • Delete all but three local policies, and where relevant, incorporate the objectives and strategies from the deleted policies into the new MSS.
  • Refresh the remaining three local planning polices to provide consistency in language.

The first stage was implemented into the Warrnambool Planning Scheme via Amendment C93 in September 2016.

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Review 2018

Council is required to review its planning scheme in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act no later than one year after the Council Plan is approved. 

The review analyses the planning scheme by considering the following questions:

  • What are the key issues to be addressed in the Planning Scheme Review having regard to the current performance of the scheme?
  • What are the possible options or solutions that could be explored to address issues?

The final Warrnambool Planning Scheme Review Report was completed in December 2018 and was adopted by Council on 1 April 2019.

The final report made 30 recommendations to not only improve the Warrnambool Planning Scheme but to prepare for the State Government initiated Smart Planning program that has introduced a new Planning Policy Framework (PPF) into all Victorian Planning Schemes. 

The final report also provides an update on a strategic work program to continue implementation of the recommendations of the Warrnambool Planning Scheme Rewrite Project 2015. 

Further Information

For further information, please contact Andrew Nield, Strategic Planner, on (03) 5559 4800 or by email anield@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

Warrnambool Residential Land Supply Monitoring

In 2012, the Victorian State Government’s Urban Development Program undertook an analysis of residential land supply within the Warrnambool LGA. The Urban Development Program report identified that Warrnambool had over 14 years land supply.

In 2013, Warrnambool City Council prepared a housing strategy to guide population growth within the City of Warrnambool to the year 2031. The Warrnambool City-Wide Housing Strategy 2013 identified that residential land supply had increased to over 24 years due to the rezoning of land within designated growth areas.

The Housing Strategy recommended that Council monitor residential land supply on an annual basis.

The latest audit (2021) is the sixth detailed land supply audit since the adoption of the Housing Strategy. In summary there is an adequate stock of zoned residential land to meet projected growth and trend based consumption rates across the municipality. 

Supply and consumption of residential land will continue to be monitored to ensure there is sufficient land supply to meet future demand, and identify any impediments to the delivery of allotments in the short-term.

The City of Warrnambool currently has around 2.6 years supply of development ready minor infill lots and around 20.4 years supply of zoned residential land across the municipality.

In total, there is a residential lot supply of approximately 5,550 lots. This is comprised of:
•    4,211 zoned broad acre lots (77% of supply);
•    1,339 infill lots (23% of supply).

For further information, please contact Andrew Nield, Strategic Planner, on (03) 5559 4800 or by email anield@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

Warrnambool Residential Land Supply Report 2021