Rye Township Plan

The Rye Township Plan will set out the long-term strategic vision for the town, providing a holistic view of the township including the foreshore, Point Nepean Road and commercial centre.

Public consultation is now open: Have your say on the Rye Township Plan

Council is preparing the Rye Township Plan , which will set out the long-term strategic vision for the township of Rye. The plan will provide a holistic view of the township including the foreshore, Point Nepean Road and commercial centre.

Development of the plan will involve the combination of current Council plans including the Rye Foreshore Landscape Masterplan, Rye Movement and Place Plan and the Rye Urban Design Framework to create a singular and comprehensive plan for Rye.

This process presents a chance for Council to check in with local community members and key stakeholders about current issues in Rye, and to work with the community to create a vision that will inform the plan and guide future works in the township.

Over the coming months Council will work collaboratively with the community to create the Plan. Council will provide opportunities to get involved and have your say, both in person and online.

Council is keen to identify and develop an identity for Rye that ensures that the township is a vibrant and positive place to live, work and play. Community input in the process is key to achieving this outcome.

Council will be working with community members and key stakeholders to develop a plan that reflects local visions and aspirations.

There will be several opportunities over the following months for community members and interested parties to get involved and have a say in the development of the new plan.

This will include engagement with key stakeholder groups, as well as ‘workshop’ sessions – where community members can suggest and develop ideas that will feed into development of the final plan.

In June/July the draft plan will be put on public exhibition. This will be an opportunity to have your say through a more formal submission process.

All project updates will be posted on this page and public consultation periods on the have your say page.

What is the Rye Township Plan?

The Rye Township Plan will provide the strategic vision for the future of Rye. It will develop a strong identity for the township, and suggest improvement works throughout the town centre, Point Nepean Road and foreshore areas.

The plan will be comprehensive, and will ensure all future public works in Rye are in line with the overall vision for the area.

Some of the topics to be considered by the plan include:

  • Location of carparking, camping and picnic facilities
  • Open space and recreation
  • Landscaping
  • Pedestrian, vehicle and bicycle connections
  • Access to the water
  • Public realm improvements in the town centre

What is the process for developing the Rye Township Plan?

Development of the plan will consider previous strategic work undertaken in Rye, including the Rye Foreshore Landscape Masterplan, Rye Movement and Place Plan and the Rye Urban Design Framework, as well as feedback from local community members and businesses.

Council is currently at the very beginning of the process. The project team has undertaken preliminary background research and analysis of previous plans.

Over the next few weeks the project team will work with local businesses and community members to develop a vision for the future of Rye, and to identify the key issues and concerns to be addressed by the Plan. This information will be used by the project team to develop the draft Rye Township Plan.

During development of the draft plan there will be several opportunities for community members to provide feedback and contribute to the process: online, through community workshops and a public exhibition period.  

After revisions following public exhibition, the final plan will be prepared and presented to Council for approval.

For more information about how you can be involved in the process see the have your say section below.

What about the other plans that have been adopted for Rye?

Council has adopted a number of plans that relate to the areas to be covered by the Rye Township Plan, including:

  • Rye Foreshore Landscape Masterplan (which includes proposals for the improvement of the foreshore reserve)
  • Rye Movement and Place plan (which includes improvements to Point Nepean Road and the main streetscape of the town)
  • Rye Urban Design Framework Plan (which looks at the commercial centre of the town and makes recommendations for improvements to the public realm)

As part of the processes of developing the Rye Township Plan, these plans will be analysed by the project team. Any outstanding actions and recommendations from these plans will be considered and discussed with the community. A decision will be made as to whether these plans are still a priority, or whether something different is required in the Rye Township Plan.

Moving forward, the Rye Township Plan will replace all existing plans as the guiding document for the Rye Foreshore, Town Centre and Point Nepean Road areas. This will ensure there is one comprehensive plan that addresses current issues and provides a clear vision for the future of Rye.

How will the proposed projects within the Rye Township Plan be funded?

All works proposed within the plan are subject to budget approval. Having a strong and cohesive plan that clearly sets the vision for the future of Rye will increase the likelihood of greater funding being provided to each of the individual projects.

The plan will include delivery priorities and cost estimates for each of the individual projects, and will also identify budget sources.

Funding for some projects may come from external sources. Having a strategic plan that includes best practice design, and that is supported by both the community and Council may assist in securing such funding.

How long will it take for projects within the Rye Township Plan to be rolled out?

The Rye Township Plan will set the long-term vision for Rye, and is focussed on what Rye will become in the next 10-20 years. For this reason, the plan will set out a range of projects, which will have different priorities in terms of when they should be completed.

Some projects will be rolled out immediately, and can be acted on once the plan is completed. Other more significant projects are likely to require grants and funding assistance from other government agencies and other sources. It may take slightly longer for these elements of the plan to be rolled out.

Who is responsible for the implementation of the plan?

Council will be responsible for implementing a large majority of the works and projects contained within the plan. However, there will be elements and projects that will require input from multiple agencies and stakeholders.

What about the additional boat ramp lane?

The additional boat ramp lane (and associated works) that is proposed for the Rye boat ramp is still under consideration as a planning application.

The decision on the application was deferred at a recent Council meeting 13 February 2017, pending advice from the Minister for Ports as to whether the funding received could be used for other works around the Rye boat ramp (without the addition of another ramp lane).

Council is still waiting on a response from the Minister in relation to this issue.

The progression of the Rye Township Plan is not dependent upon the decision of the planning application.