The Daylesford and Hepburn Springs township structure plan seeks to protect and enhance the existing character of the township, guiding appropriate growth and development by providing a planning framework for future private land use. It aims to protect what we value, improve future livability, empowering the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs community to thrive.

Building on the engagement findings during the initial engagement phase, the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Township Community Panel worked together to develop a shared vision and the key objectives across the six key themes of the structure plan - housing, business and economy, environment and heritage, urban design, movement and access, community and cultural infrastructure. This work has served as the foundation for the development of the draft structure plan.

Will my property be affected?

Section 10.1 Statutory Planning, and the accompanying maps, outline the land proposed to be rezoned and new overlays to be applied. An accompanying list of properties have been compiled and we encourage you to review this list to check if your street is included.

Additionally, 500m investigation areas are nominated across the Shire where our current transfer stations and past landfill sites are located, including Daylesford. Residents who live near these sites will receive a letter in the coming days.

The Investigation Area letter to residents and the proposed zones and overlays have been provided on the Township Structure Plans project page and within the Future Hepburn Technical Studies and Reports page, which you can access by clicking on the button below.

If your property is located in the streets listed or within the investigation areas, please review the draft Structure Plan to see what the changes may mean for you. If you are unclear, we strongly encourage you to come and chat with us at any of the Community Information Sessions or contact us at strategicplanning@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

How to Participate

You can learn more about the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Draft Structure Plan and participate by:

  • Reading the resources provided in the Document library on this project page.
  • Chat with a Planner at either of the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Community Information Sessions. An Introduction Presentation will be given by a Strategic Planner outlining the key planning elements of the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs Structure Plan and Rural Hepburn. Community members are welcome to attend any of the six Community Information Sessions held across the Shire. No bookings are required.
  • Session details:
    • Saturday 25 May, from 9am to 12pm at the Hepburn Primary School, 156 Main Road, Hepburn Springs. Please note the change of venue from the Bendigo Community Bank building.
      • The Introduction Session will commence at 11am.
    • Saturday 1 June, from 2pm to 5pm at the Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford.
      • The Introduction Session will commence at 4pm.
  • Listen to the online webinar. This session is similar to those presented at the Community Information Sessions. It has been recorded and made available for viewing on the Future Hepburn home page.
  • Make a submission. These can be made both online and by mail. Submissions will be open from 1 May and 12 June 2024.

Next Steps

Your feedback on the draft township structure plan will be collated and considered. An Engagement Summary Report will summarise the feedback and Council's response. Council will consider the final draft, inclusive of any feedback, before proceeding to adoption later in 2024.

A planning scheme amendment is required to give effect to the strategic directions within the structure plan. This process will involve an additional phase of community engagement and further submission opportunities.

We encourage you to register for Council's e-newsletter Hepburn Life to receive updates on these activities.

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