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Plan Harcourt

What is Plan Harcourt?

Plan Harcourt will establish the planning processes that will help shape the town into the future. This will involve building on previous plans prepared for Harcourt in consultation with the community.

Part of the project includes a sub-area which takes in the land adjacent to the old Calder Highway/Harmony Way as far south as Elphinstone, as this is considered to be an important southern gateway to the town.

Why is Plan Harcourt needed?

Harcourt has been identified as a small town that can accommodate planned growth in the region. This is recognised in the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan 2014 and in the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

Strategic planning is required to ensure that there is adequate land supply and infrastructure to accommodate growth, while also protecting the natural and cultural features of the area, as well as surrounding agribusiness and horticultural land uses and the irrigation network.

How will Plan Harcourt be prepared?

The project is to be undertaken by Council’s Strategic Planning team and will be completed in three stages.

The first stage involves consolidating the current strategic plans for Harcourt and presenting them to the community, stakeholders and government agencies to test whether they are still relevant and continue to represent their goals and aspirations for the growing town. Officers will collate all of the responses and present them to the community through a ‘What we heard’ paper.

The second stage involves the preparation of Plan Harcourt and the supporting planning documents, which will be released for community discussion and feedback prior to its finalisation. Once finalised, Plan Harcourt will be recommended to Council for adoption.

The final stage will be the preparation of a planning scheme amendment, which will bring the plans into the Planning Scheme.

Timeline

Stage 1 commenced in August 2018 and is expected to be completed in early 2019. Stage 2 will commence in 2019 and is expected to take approximately 12 months. Stage 3 will take place in 2020-2021.

Where are we now?

Where are we now ? We are currently undergoing consultation on the discussion paper

We are currently consulting with the community on a draft discussion paper.

How can the community get involved?

Council held two information sessions to launch the project in Harcourt on 15 and 16 November 2018. You can now:

• Drop by to see us at one of our pop-up project offices where you can ask questions and provide your ideas, concerns and vision for Harcourt (see below).

• Read the discussion paper and tell us your vision for Harcourt and its town centre by answering the questions raised. Responses can be submitted by mail, email or dropped in to the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

• Complete the Plan Harcourt survey online by 30 January 2019. Hard copies of the survey can be collected from the Goldfields Track Cafe or the Civic Centre in Castlemaine. Hard copies can also be mailed upon request.

• Let us know your big idea for Harcourt on the Plan Harcourt online interactive map.

Pop-up project offices

  • Friday 23 November, 11am-1pm, Goldfields Track Café
  • Saturday 24 November, 4pm-8pm, Harcourt Twilight Market
  • Tuesday 4 December, 2pm-2.45pm, Harcourt Pre-school
  • Wednesday 5 December, 2pm-2.45pm, Harcourt Pre-school
  • Thursday 6 December, 6pm-7.30pm, Harcourt Bowling Club
  • Friday 7 December, 3.15pm-4pm, Harcourt Valley Primary School
  • Thursday 13 December, 11am-1pm, Goldfields Track Café
  • Saturday 15 December, 1pm-3pm, Harcourt Swimming Pool
  • Friday 11 January, 2pm-4pm, Harcourt Swimming Pool
  • Friday 18 January, 11am-1pm, Goldfields Track Café

Contact

You will automatically be registered for updates on Plan Harcourt by completing the survey, using the online interactive map or making a general submission.

For further information, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on (03) 5471 1700 or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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