Town Planning Services

Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council is responsible for ensuring that land is used and developed in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner, to provide a sustainable future for its residents.

Planning Scheme and Amendments on Exhibition

To achieve a desired planning outcome or to support a new planning direction, Council can amend its planning scheme. For example, to make provision for further residential development as the city grows, Council could amend the Planning Scheme to rezone land from Rural to Residential. Read more

Need Planning Advice? - I

If you are intending to construct a dwelling or develop land for commercial or industrial purposes or wish to change use of land, remove native vegetation or undertake a subdivision you are advised to contact Council's Planning unit to discuss your proposal to determine if a planning permit is required. Read more

Need Planning Advice? - II

Council has produced a number a Planning Advice Sheets to provide guidance and advice on multiple planning-related issues. For Planning Advice Sheets 1 to 10, please visit: http://www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au/services/planning/Need-planning-advice.asp Read more

Planning Permits

Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council is responsible for ensuring that land is used and developed in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner, to provide a sustainable future for its residents. Read more

Planning FAQ's

planning department frequently asked questions Read more

Planning and building for bushfire protection

Bushfire planning provisions and bushfire building regulations ensure that new development is more resilient to bushfire and that landowners can maintain their property in a fire-ready condition. Read more

Fees and Charges

Planning Fees and Charges Read more

Rural Strategy 2015 and Planning Scheme Amendment C69

Providing clarity for development, minimizing land use conflicts and balancing individuals’ rights against the need to protect and encourage our rural industries has shaped the Rural Strategy 2015. Read more

Growth Area Planning

Council is looking to North West and South Wangaratta to plan for projected population growth. Combined these areas have the capacity to yield approximately 2465 new dwellings. There are a number of steps required to complete the process of transitioning land that is currently zoned for farming into land suitable for sustainable residential communities. Read more

Heritage and Planning

Wangaratta has many places that have historic associations and provide a link to the past. The Rural City of Wangaratta has completed a number of land use heritage studies identifying properties that help us retain links to the past. Read more

Township Development Plans

Glenrowan Oxley and Milawa Township Development Plans Council recognise that state government changes to the requirements of the planning zones, and the introduction of reticulated infrastructure, for example sewerage will add development pressure in Townships across the municipality. In order to manage planning and land use change sustainably and set out where change should occur Council are in the process of preparing ‘Township Development Plans’ for Glenrowan, Oxley and Milawa. These plans will provide a ‘blue-print’ to guide decision making land use and planning over the next 20 years. The plans will contain a vision and a series of actions and steps achieve the vision. They will also assist in mitigating ad hock planning and enhancing the qualities that make the Townships great places to live and visit. Read more

Strategic Planning Projects

Council has recently initiated an ambitious strategic planning program. The purpose of this program is to inform the development of planning strategies, local planning policies, prepare development plans, review of Council’s MSS and to update the planning scheme provisions in order to meet council’s statutory obligations. Read more