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.

Council has completed a number of planning studies and undertaken planning scheme amendments. Copies of planning studies completed are available for public viewing. The following are some of Councils key strategic planning projects.

Current Strategic Projects

Draft Wangaratta Industrial Land Use Strategy

Council wants your input into the draft Wangaratta Industrial Land Use Strategy 2017.

The draft Strategy has been prepared for Wangaratta Rural City Council, with assistance from the Victorian Planning Authority.  The Strategy was prepared by Centrum Town Planning, Tim Nott and Terraco.

This is an opportunity for you to review the draft and provide comments to Council on its content.

The Strategy aims to provide a vision and planning framework for Wangaratta's Industrial Areas, including the -

  • re-use or development of older industrial areas;
  • protection from the encroachment of sensitive uses;
  • built form and site presentation;
  • infrastructure planning and funding;
  • protecting potential long-term investigation areas for expansion;
  • the management of issues associated with dwellings in industrial zones;  and
  • industrial development in rural areas.

The draft Strategy and Background Report can be viewed here:

The public consultation period commenced from Wednesday 19 July 2017 and concludes at the close of business on Friday 18 August 2017.

North West and South Growth Area Precinct Structure Plans: Council is in the process of developing Precinct Structure Plans for North West and South Wangaratta Residential Growth Areas and seeking input from the community, landowners and stakeholders.

Council is also undertaking specialist background studies to inform the development of this plan. Areas that have been identified as significant and are the subject of specialist studies include -

  • Biodiversity
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Traffic
  • Bushfire Risk Assessment

Recent Strategic Studies:

The following documents outline some of the recent strategic studies completed for Council. These studies are being used to inform planning scheme amendments and develop local planning policy. For example the Wangaratta Heritage Study Reviews have been used to refine existing heritage precincts in Wangaratta Planning Scheme Amendment C44 and identify new properties worthy of protection based on heritage significance in Wangaratta Planning Scheme Amendment C43.

If you require further information about these studies or planning scheme amendments, please contact Council's Strategy Team on 5722 0888.


PDFCentral Activities Area - Future Planning Report (2324 KB)

PDFGlenrowan Bushfire Risk Assessment Study (5556 KB)

PDFPopulation and Housing Strategy and Appendices (6163 KB)

PDFRural Strategy Adopted Version 2015 and Appendices (10252 KB)

PDFSouth Wangaratta Urban Renewal Strategy, Part 2 - Master Plan (4481 KB)

PDFHeritage Study Review (Part 1) and Urban Precincts 2011 Vol 1 Urban Places (10670 KB)

PDFHeritage Study Review (Part 1) and Urban Precincts 2011 Vol 2 Rural Places (6844 KB)

PDFRural Landscape Assessment Study and Review (10831 KB)

PDFMunicipal Land Strategy (2218 KB)

PDFBushfire Assessment Study (5251 KB)

Last Updated: 19-07-2017

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