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Maldon Design Guidelines Review

The Maldon Design Guidelines provide detailed design criteria for new development in Maldon’s heritage precincts and areas affected by the Significant Landscape Overlay Schedules 1 and 3.

The guidelines aim to encourage buildings that complement the historic streetscape character of Maldon and do not dominate or compete with the historically significant place.

What are the Maldon Design Guidelines?

The Maldon Design Guidelines are part of an incorporated document to the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme. The guidelines provide detailed design criteria for new development in Maldon covered by a Heritage Overlay, including the heritage precincts and areas affected by the Significant Landscape Overlay Schedules 1 and 3.

The guidelines assist permit applicants (including property owners, architects, planners and builders) in preparing designs for new buildings or works or alterations to existing buildings. They also assists Council’s Statutory Planners and Heritage and Urban Design Officer/ Heritage Advisor in assessing planning applications in Maldon.

The objective of the guidelines is to encourage buildings that complement the historic streetscape character of Maldon and do not dominate or compete with the historically significant place.

View the current guidelines and a draft of the updated guidelines below. We have also prepared a background paper to help people understand the process so far and the key challenges we need to address in the update.

Why is a review and update of the guidelines needed?

The Maldon Design Guidelines were originally prepared for the Shire of Maldon Planning Scheme in the 1970s and became an incorporated document in the new format Mount Alexander Planning Scheme in 1998/1999.

No comprehensive review of, or update to, the Guidelines has occurred since they were originally prepared. Consequently, the existing guidelines are:

• Outdated in terms of contemporary heritage and planning policy and legislation.
• Contain errors, anomalies and ambiguities for example, repetitive content and contradictions.
• Have issues relating to prescriptive provisions, e.g. no context, objectives or principles to justify prescriptive provisions are provided.
• Are very poorly structured and therefore difficult to navigate.

The intention of updating the guidelines is to address these issues and assist property owners, business owners, designers, residents, Council and the community to propose changes that conserve and respect the heritage character of Maldon.

Once the guidelines are finalised and adopted by Council a planning scheme amendment will be required to incorporate the revised document into the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

Timeline: Where are we now?

The timeline for development and review of the Maldon Design Guidelines. We are now in the public consultation phase on the draft guidelines.

Over the past 18 months, Council has undertaken an extensive review of the guidelines in collaboration with urban and heritage advisors, and input from the Maldon Design Guidelines Project Advisory Group.

The advisory group was formed specifically for this project is made up of four community and skill based members, three council officers, and the local ward councillor.

Council is currently seeking feedback from the community on the updated Maldon Design Guidelines. The draft guidelines are on public exhibition until 2 April 2020.

How can the community get involved?

• Join a drop in information session to find out more and discuss the draft. Sessions will be held at Maldon Community Centre on Francis Street in Maldon from:

- 4.00pm to 7.30pm, Thursday, 20 February 2020
- 4.00pm to 7.30pm, Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

• Complete the Maldon Design Guidelines Survey below to provide constructive feedback on the draft guidelines.

• Provide a submission to the draft guidelines by 5:00 pm, Thursday 2 April 2020.

Submissions must be made in writing and submitted to Council via email to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au, via mail to PO Box 185 Castlemaine VIC 3450 or delivered to the Civic Centre in Castlemaine (corner of Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets) during business hours.

Reference documents

Maldon Design Guidelines – current (PDF, 0.6MB)
Draft Maldon Design Guidelines – proposed revision (PDF, 18.4MB)
Maldon Design Guidelines Background Paper (PDF, 2.4MB)
Maldon Design Guidelines Survey – feedback document

A hard copy of reference documents and survey can be viewed at the community drop-in sessions, the Visitor Information Centre in Maldon and the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

Contact

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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