Balnarring Township Structure Plan

What is this project about?

This project is about identifying the current and emerging issues, and opportunities that relate to the Balnarring township, and developing a structure that would provide for the form of development, land use and key services, among other things, that are appropriate to the vision for the township.

Why is this project needed?

A key challenge for the Shire is the need to balance the demands for urban growth and the preservation of the natural landscape and rural activity on the Peninsula. An approach widely used to manage such a challenge is to prepare a structure plan for each township. 

A structure plan is a planning tool that sets out a vision for the future land use and development of a place. It guides land use and development towards the vision by establishing a planning and management framework with environmental, social and economic objectives. A key aspect of the structure planning process is the reliance on community feedback in developing the vision and objectives for a place. 

The Shire has already completed separate structure plans for Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings. It now seeks to prepare a plan for Balnarring township to ensure that the special and unique values of this township remain protected while accommodating appropriate development.

Balnarring township

Balnarring township is in the eastern region of the Peninsula near the Western Port Bay coastline. With an estimated resident population of around 1,630 in 2018, the township is forecast to grow to around 1,770 by 2036.

While a substantial portion of the township is in the green wedge, the urban area has a strong village feel with a commercial core that is surrounded by low-rise dwellings set within a bushy landscape.

Its activity centre is regarded a small township activity centre where around half of its total commercial floorspace is taken up by retail uses predominantly located in Balnarring Village Shopping Centre. The centre contains a small medical precinct west of Russell Street and services Balnarring and surrounding semi-rural townships.

While Balnarring has several appealing attributes that contribute to its residents’ expectations of liveability relative to other townships, it faces several issues that include:

  • development pressures from population growth – at least 1,000 new residents have moved into the township between the last two Censuses;
  • pressures from tourism associated with development in its green wedge areas and the township’s coastal proximity;
  • a lack of an identified and preferred future character for the township in relation to its role, function, design and direction of growth;
  • limited access to public transport – only one bus route services the township; and
  • a relatively disjointed town centre with increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and poor circulation due to the confluence of five major roads.

Project status

The Shire has appointed planning consulting firm 'Plan2Place' to undertake the required project tasks. Project inception tool place on Monday, 17 September 2018. Background research followed by data collection and analysis to inform the draft structure plan are currently underway.

Drop-in sessions have been undertaken with the community 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 Balnarring into the future.

The draft structure plan will go out for public exhibition between April and May 2019 where you will have another opportunity to provide feedback. The Shire will advise when the draft is available for review.

Further information

Phone: 5950 1010