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.

The Rural Strategy 2015  was adopted by Council on 20 October, 2015.

The recommendations will now be implemented into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme, through staged Planning Scheme Amendments.   

The Strategy sets out the directions for the future growth of our rural areas. The Strategy's aims are to:

  • Protect agricultural land
  • Protect key rural landscapes
  • Minimise land use conflicts
  • Provide opportunities for regional growth and development
  • Create appropriate opportunities for rural living

Planning Scheme Amendment C69

Council has prepared and exhibited Amendment C69 to the Wangaratta Planning Scheme.

This Amendment applies to all land currently zoned Farming, Rural Conservation and Rural Living Zones with the Municipality.  

The Amendment proposes to implement the first stage (identified as 'short term' outcomes) of the recommended outcomes arising from the Rural City of Wangaratta Rural Strategy 2015 (the Strategy) and the Roadside Conservation Management Plan 2014, within the Wangaratta Planning Scheme.

The Amendment and Submissions made to Council during the exhibition period will now be considered before an independent Planning Panel appointed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Panel Hearing Amendment C69 (background documents only)

Please note that the following two documents are not adopted policies of Council but provide background information to the 2015 Rural Strategy and submissions received to Amendment C69.

  1. Draft Rural Land Strategy Version 1 (RMCG 2011)
  2. Draft King Valley to Milawa Masterplan (Urban Enterprise 2013)

For all enquiries, please contact Council’s Planning Unit on 5722 0888 or

PDFDraft Rural Land Strategy Version 1 (RMCG) 2011 (4244 KB)

PDFRural Strategy 2015 (2293 KB)

PDFFrequently Asked Questions (397 KB)

PDFKing Valley to Milawa Masterplan (8735 KB)

PDFRural Strategy Appendices (8138 KB)

PDFWangaratta C69 Council Reply to Panel (566 KB)

PDFWangaratta C69 Council Submission Final (5073 KB)

PDFWangaratta C69 Panel Report (596 KB)

Last Updated: 24-11-2016

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