Baxter Township Structure Plan

What is the project about?

The Baxter Township Structure Plan is a plan to manage future change in the township of Baxter. The Shire is currently undertaking a number of structure plans for its activity centres, including Baxter Township, to guide future development and provide effectively for changing community needs.

A structure plan is a planning tool that sets out a vision for the future development of a place. It establishes a planning and management framework to guide development and land-use change and aims to achieve environmental, social and economic objectives.

An essential aspect of the structure planning process is feedback from the community on how the area should evolve.

A structure plan determines what is working well in an area and how this can be enhanced, as well as how the area can grow and change in the future. It provides clear strategies for how this can be achieved.

Why is this project needed?

Baxter has many appealing attributes that contribute to its residents’ expectations of liveability relative to other townships in the Peninsula including public transport (train) and access to jobs both within and outside of the municipality.

Together with key stakeholders and the community, Council identified the future of the Baxter township will be guided by the following seven objectives:

  • To provide a range of housing choices to meet current and future community needs and ensure the population is maintained within the township.
  • To create a town centre around the railway station that is a focus for the community and a great place to meet.  
  • To ensure the continuing viability of the township’s retail and commercial areas.
  • To ensure the township continues to provide community infrastructure to meet the needs of its residents.
  • To ensure new built form is of a scale and form appropriate to the township character.
  • To improve amenities and facilities within parks and open spaces for a range of ages and life stages.
  • To ensure residents are provided with a variety of movement options that are safe, accessible, integrated and prioritise all mode types and movements within the township. 

Project Status

Council has appointed planning consultants ‘Plan2Place’ to undertake the project. The project started in September 2018, with background research, data collection and analysis for the structure plan completed. This phase of work also included community engagement including a number of drop in sessions to identify issues and opportunities for Baxter township. 

Have your say

It is important that the structure plan is developed with both the community and key stakeholders to capture and enhance the attributes of the township that are most valued, improve aspects of the township and develop a vision to guide land use and development in Baxter into the future.

The draft Structure Plan will go out for public exhibition starting Tuesday 29 January where you will have the opportunity to provide feedback. A copy of the draft Structure Plan can be viewed below.

Download: Draft Baxter Township Structure Plan(PDF, 4MB)

Consultation open and close dates

Tuesday 29 January 2019 to Tuesday 26 February 2019
Drop in session 
Thursday 7 February 2019, 6pm – 8pm 
Baxter Community Hall – 211 Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter 3911
Consultants and Council officers available at the drop-in sessions to answer any questions on the draft plan and to receive feedback 


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Email your submission to: with the subject line 'Baxter Township Structure Plan’.

In person:
Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

Attention: Planning team, Re: Baxter Township Structure Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939


Further Information:
If you wish to discuss the project or have any questions, please contact Peninsula Wide Strategic Planning or phone Planning Support on 5950 1010. 


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