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Amendment C76 - Bulkeleys Road McKenzie Hill Rezoning

Council has undertaken a planning scheme amendment to rezone land in McKenzie Hill from Rural Living Zone to General Residential Zone.

The amendment was requested by the land owner, and is consistent with the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

Current status

The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C76 to the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme. The Amendment came into operation on 15 July 2016 when the Amendment C76 notice was published in the Government Gazette.

What the amendment does

The amendment rezones land formally described as Crown Allotment 39, Section F, Parish of Castlemaine, which forms a part of 94 Bulkeleys Road, Castlemaine.

The land was previously in the Rural Living Zone with a Development Plan Overlay and Erosion Management Overlay. The amendment:
• Rezones the land to the General Residential Zone;
• Applies a Bushfire Management Overlay to part of the land;
• Applies a Vegetation Protection Overlay to eight specific trees on the site;
• Replaces the existing Development Plan Overlay with a new site specific one, relevant to the new zone; and
• Retains the Erosion Management Overlay.

Background to the amendment

The amendment was made at the request of the land owner.

The amendment is required to rezone the land to General Residential Zone to facilitate residential development because the Rural Living Zone prohibits development and use of land for urban residential use. Application of overlay controls will also guide future development of the affected land, provide for protection of future development from bushfire, and protect significant vegetation.

The affected land has been identified within a number of strategic assessments and Clause 21.12 of the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme as an area for future residential development.

Accessing further information and documentation

Full amendment documentation is available from Amendments Online through the Victorian Government's Planning website.

For more information, please contact the Strategic Planning team on (03) 5471 7100 or email

Background Studies are available below:
Planning Report
Fire Assessment
Flora and Fauna Assessment
Erosion Management Report

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