Mansfield Planning Strategy

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Project Overview

Mansfield Shire Council is currently preparing a Planning Strategy to manage changes in land use and development over the next 15 to 20 years. The Strategy will contain a vision for spatial planning in the Mansfield Local Government Area. Under the Planning and Environment Act [1987], Council is required to review its Planning Scheme on a regular basis. The Planning Strategy project will guide the future Planning Scheme review.

Project aim and objectives

The aim is to prepare a planning strategy to guide land use and development outcomes across the municipality over the long-term, to 2040.

The Planning Strategy will:

  • Facilitate orderly development of urban land uses that makes effective use of existing infrastructure and responds to environmental constraints (including, flooding).
  • Protect areas of agricultural productivity and environmental significance, sensitivity, and areas subject to natural hazards.
  • Identify the need for additional infrastructure to service changing communities.
  • Enable change that appropriately responds to the valued character and qualities that distinguish each of the municipality's townships and settlements.

Part of the project involves a review of the current Mansfield Planning Scheme, including local policies about commercial land, housing, local town character, the environment, significant landscapes, and so on. The findings from several recent projects like the Mansfield Environment Strategy, Commercial and Industrial Lands Strategy, and the Economic Development Strategy and the upcoming Community Vision project will also inform the directions in the Planning Strategy.

The Strategy will set principles for managing potential or proposed major changes to land use, infrastructure and built form, by identifying preferred directions for growth and considering what might change in the municipality between now and 2040. The Strategy will direct the anticipated provision of residential, retail, and industrial development to meet the long-term needs of the Mansfield Shire community.

How will the Strategy be used?

The Strategy will set a clear vision and direction for towns in the Mansfield Shire. It will be a policy document, used to communicate with landowners, investors, government agencies, business operators and Council about preferred locations for investment and change, and areas that need to be protected and enhanced (for example, public open space or places with important environmental values). The Strategy will also make recommendations about how the Mansfield Planning Scheme may be amended to reflect its vision and planning principles (for example, potential changes to local policies, planning zones or overlays). It may also outline some further work required (for example, preparation of a development contributions plan to fund infrastructure) to achieve the Strategy’s vision.


Method and key project stages

The project will run from now until June 2021. In March, a project team was appointed consisting of: SGS Economics and Planning, RMCG and RCI Planning. The team will work with Council to prepare the Planning Strategy. An overview of the project, key stages and anticipated timing is:

How to get involved

Council is keen for people to share ideas and provide feedback on the Mansfield Planning Strategy as it is being prepared. The purpose of collecting community feedback is to ensure that the Mansfield 2040 Planning Strategy vision and actions can be tested and refined with residents, business owners and others who have an interest in the future of Mansfield Shire and to ensure that the community has an opportunity to shape the development of Mansfield Shire into the future.

The project has been staged to allow two opportunities for people to learn about the technical parts of the project, and ask questions. The purpose of this engagement is to:

  • Identify core values that stakeholders and community members wish to protect, promote, or grow
  • Identify a vision for sustainable development in Mansfield Shire
  • Identify potential immediate and long-term planning challenges; and
  • Test planning recommendations identified as part of the research and consultation phase.

Updates about community engagement opportunities and key dates will soon be provided.


Project Overview

Mansfield Shire Council is currently preparing a Planning Strategy to manage changes in land use and development over the next 15 to 20 years. The Strategy will contain a vision for spatial planning in the Mansfield Local Government Area. Under the Planning and Environment Act [1987], Council is required to review its Planning Scheme on a regular basis. The Planning Strategy project will guide the future Planning Scheme review.

Project aim and objectives

The aim is to prepare a planning strategy to guide land use and development outcomes across the municipality over the long-term, to 2040.

The Planning Strategy will:

  • Facilitate orderly development of urban land uses that makes effective use of existing infrastructure and responds to environmental constraints (including, flooding).
  • Protect areas of agricultural productivity and environmental significance, sensitivity, and areas subject to natural hazards.
  • Identify the need for additional infrastructure to service changing communities.
  • Enable change that appropriately responds to the valued character and qualities that distinguish each of the municipality's townships and settlements.

Part of the project involves a review of the current Mansfield Planning Scheme, including local policies about commercial land, housing, local town character, the environment, significant landscapes, and so on. The findings from several recent projects like the Mansfield Environment Strategy, Commercial and Industrial Lands Strategy, and the Economic Development Strategy and the upcoming Community Vision project will also inform the directions in the Planning Strategy.

The Strategy will set principles for managing potential or proposed major changes to land use, infrastructure and built form, by identifying preferred directions for growth and considering what might change in the municipality between now and 2040. The Strategy will direct the anticipated provision of residential, retail, and industrial development to meet the long-term needs of the Mansfield Shire community.

How will the Strategy be used?

The Strategy will set a clear vision and direction for towns in the Mansfield Shire. It will be a policy document, used to communicate with landowners, investors, government agencies, business operators and Council about preferred locations for investment and change, and areas that need to be protected and enhanced (for example, public open space or places with important environmental values). The Strategy will also make recommendations about how the Mansfield Planning Scheme may be amended to reflect its vision and planning principles (for example, potential changes to local policies, planning zones or overlays). It may also outline some further work required (for example, preparation of a development contributions plan to fund infrastructure) to achieve the Strategy’s vision.


Method and key project stages

The project will run from now until June 2021. In March, a project team was appointed consisting of: SGS Economics and Planning, RMCG and RCI Planning. The team will work with Council to prepare the Planning Strategy. An overview of the project, key stages and anticipated timing is:

How to get involved

Council is keen for people to share ideas and provide feedback on the Mansfield Planning Strategy as it is being prepared. The purpose of collecting community feedback is to ensure that the Mansfield 2040 Planning Strategy vision and actions can be tested and refined with residents, business owners and others who have an interest in the future of Mansfield Shire and to ensure that the community has an opportunity to shape the development of Mansfield Shire into the future.

The project has been staged to allow two opportunities for people to learn about the technical parts of the project, and ask questions. The purpose of this engagement is to:

  • Identify core values that stakeholders and community members wish to protect, promote, or grow
  • Identify a vision for sustainable development in Mansfield Shire
  • Identify potential immediate and long-term planning challenges; and
  • Test planning recommendations identified as part of the research and consultation phase.

Updates about community engagement opportunities and key dates will soon be provided.