Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines

What is this project about?

This project is about identifying and defining the distinctive and valued elements of neighbourhood character in the Shire’s residential areas and developing a set of precinct-based neighbourhood character guidelines that will help protect the existing character or provide for the transition towards a preferred future character.

Why is this project needed?

This project is needed to identify the character of our townships and settlements while accommodating appropriate growth and change.

Through the Neighbourhood Character Study, a detailed assessment of the design and character of our urban residential areas will be undertaken to define their character and outline preferred housing typologies.

The project will then establish a set of design guidelines to guide the design of new housing in different parts of the Shire to ensure that new buildings respect and fit into our established townships, settlements and natural environment.

Areas considered by the study

The study will primarily focus on residential areas that are within the Shire’s urban areas. These areas predominantly comprise the General Residential Zone (GRZ) and Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), but also include the small pockets of GRZ and LDRZ land outside the UGB.

Download the project brochure: Neighbourhood Character Study - Have Your Say Brochure(PDF, 289KB)

Project status

The Shire has appointed urban planning consultants Ethos Urban for this project, which is due for completion around the second half of 2019.

We want to work collaboratively with the community and interest groups, associations and stakeholders to understand the local values and issues and to deliver a Study that incorporates the community’s feedback. Every resident, owner and interested party is encouraged to get involved and have their say.

There are two phases of engagement. The first phase is to seek input from the community and other interested parties to understand the local values and issues. The second phase will occur when the draft Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines report is available for public comment over a six-week period between May and June 2019.

The first phase community consultation has now concluded. Listening posts, online surveys and face-to-face interviews with specific community groups have been undertaken to capture the communities' views on neighbourhood character. The draft Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines report is currently being prepared and will be presented to Council in May 2019 to seek approval for public exhibition.

Further information

Phone: 5950 1010

Email: strategic.planning.projects@mornpen.vic.gov.au