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Dunkeld Structure Plan

The Project

What is it about?
The purpose of the Dunkeld Structure Plan is to develop an integrated land use framework to guide current and future land uses and development within Dunkeld and its immediate surrounds. The Structure Plan provides recommendations on land use, development, open space and infrastructure provision in Dunkeld and seeks to ensure that Dunkeld retains its unique character while fostering sustainable growth.

Project Stages

The Dunkeld Structure Plan project began in March 2011, following confirmation of matching funding from Regional Development Victoria as part of the ‘Planning for Tomorrow’ initiative and the appointment of Hansen Partnership as the lead project consultants.

A number of informal meetings, community ‘conversations’ and BBQ cook-ups were held throughout June and September 2011 as well as formal meetings with stakeholders and landowners in November 2011 as part of Council’s initial community consultation.

Background Reports & Technical Assessments
The following Background Reports and Technical Assessments (which can be accessed using the download links below) were completed in late 2011 following extensive consultation with the community:

  • Background Context Report
  • Built Form and Landscape Assessment
  • Physical Infrastructure Review
  • Land Supply and Demand Assessment
  • Flood and Drainage Assessment

These reports, and the feedback received from the community, landholders and public agencies, has informed the vision and direction for the draft Dunkeld Structure Plan.

The Draft Dunkeld Structure Plan
The draft Dunkeld Structure Plan was exhibited to landowners, stakeholders and the community from 16 April to 9 May 2012. Twenty written submissions were made to the draft and one submission was withdrawn after the exhibition period.

The Dunkeld Structure Plan comprises three parts, each performing a different role in guiding decision making in the town. These are:

Document Purpose and Description
Dunkeld Structure Plan Seeks to outline a shared vision for the Dunkeld community. Outlines key objectives and directions to be achieved through various actions, initiatives, and development strategies. Outlines key issues and challenges to be addressed through future land use changes and development.
Masterplans The project team held a series of consultation sessions with landowners in areas that were identified for masterplanning during the background phase of the structure plan. The draft masterplans provide details about how land could be developed in these identified areas, which include: • The Arboretum link (land abutting salt Creek from the Caravan Park to the Arboretum) • The “northern wedge” (land between Victoria Valley Road and Old Ararat Road, south of the Racecourse). • Recreation Road (land south of the railway line)
Urban Design Guidelines Urban Design Guidelines have been prepared for five precincts in Dunkeld. The Guidelines include character statements, design objectives for new development, guidelines around building setbacks, access, sustainability, streetscapes and facades, roof form, signage, lighting and the public domain. These precinct areas have been generally defined as: 'Main Street', 'Creekside', 'Low Density Residential', 'Township Residential' and 'Commercial and Industrial'.

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Final Draft Dunkeld Structure Plan
Refinements have been made to the draft Dunkeld Structure Plan in response to the submissions received and as a result of findings from further investigations conducted by Council Officers and the project consultants.

The draft Dunkeld Structure Plan recommendations have been modified in some instances as further and better information has come forward and the interaction between different structure plan elements has become clear.

The proposed amended draft Dunkeld Structure Plan reflects the outcomes of what has been a collaborative refinement process. A range of issues have been balanced in the public interest in order to achieve land use and development outcomes that are considered to be sustainable, affordable and deliverable.

The outcomes contained in the amended proposed draft Dunkeld Structure Plan are to be considered in totality and viewed in this context.

Electronic copies of the final draft Dunkeld Structure Plan (including the Masterplans and Urban Design Guidelines) will be available for download at 5.00pm Monday, 10 September 2012. Alternatively, hardcopies of the final draft version will be available for inspection during business hours at Council’s Market Place Business Centres, 3 Market Place, Hamilton or via the Dunkeld Visitor Information Centre, Parker Street / Glenelg Hwy, Dunkeld after this date.

Council Decision

The revised Dunkeld Structure Plan, Masterplans and Urban Design Guidelines were formally considered at Council’s Ordinary meeting on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Upon considering the submissions to the Dunkeld Structure Plan, Council resolved to:

  • Adopt the Final Dunkeld Structure Plan
  • Pursuant to Section8A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, request the Minister for Planning to authorise Council to prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment to the Southern Grampians Planning Scheme to implement the findings of the Dunkeld Structure Plan
  • If authorised by the Minister, pursuant to Section 17, 18 & 19 of the Act proceed to exhibit a Planning Scheme Amendment to the Southern Grampians Planning Scheme

Next Steps

Council is currently preparing amendment documentation materials, which implement the Dunkeld Structure Plan recommendations, as part of a request to the Minister for Planning to Authorise Council to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to the Southern Grampians Planning Scheme.

There will be a four-week exhibition period where the public will be able to make written submission regarding the contents of the amendment.

Those directly affected by the amendment will receive direct notification of when the materials are available for public viewing, via mail, and notices will be published in the Hamilton Spectator and the Dunkeld Community Newsletter in order to notify the general public.

Submissions will be considered by Council at the end of the exhibition period.

Dunkeld Community Bulletins

Copies of the Community Bulletins can be accessed below. These provide a snapshot ‘in time’ of the various stages of the Dunkeld Structure Plan.

Dunkeld Community Bulletin 1 (June 2011)

Dunkeld Community Bulletin 2 (September 2011)

Dunkeld Community Bulletin 3 (November 2011)

Dunkeld Community Bulletin 4 (April 2012)

Further Information

For further information please contact Council’s Senior Strategic Planner, on (03) 5573 0444 or

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