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Have your say on the future of Harcourt

Car with bike at Goldfields Track Café in Harcourt

Monday 29 October 2018

Council invites the community to join an information session in November to find out more about a town planning project for Harcourt and how to get involved.

Two information sessions will kick start an eight week community consultation period to inform a strategic plan and planning processes to shape the future of the growing town.

Harcourt is identified for residential expansion and population growth in the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme and the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan.

“We need to complete this strategic planning work to ensure there is enough land supply and the right infrastructure to accommodate the predicted growth,” said Shannon Meadows, Manager Development Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“At the same time we need to continue to protect the use of land for agribusiness and horticultural activities, the irrigation network, important landscapes and environmental values and other cultural features.”

This project will build on the plans previously prepared for Harcourt.

“It is important for council to understand if the vision and actions in these plans are still relevant to the community, and what other planning matters need to be considered,” said Mr Meadows.

The strategic planning project will be completed in three stages.

Stage one involves reviewing current plans and presenting a discussion paper to the community and stakeholders to test if they are still relevant to the aspirations for the town.

During stage two, council will prepare a strategic plan and supporting planning documents, which will be released for community feedback around mid-2019, before they are finalised.

Once the plan is adopted by Council, it will prepare a planning scheme amendment to bring the plan into effect in the planning scheme. Stage three is expected to occur in 2020, and will require approval from the Minister for Planning.

“We’re holding two information sessions to launch the project and give community members a chance to find out more,” said Mr Meadows.

“Come along to meet the planning team including our Strategic Planning Coordinator, Dominique Trickey, who is leading this project for council.”

Over the next few months the project team will meet with different community groups, and use pop-up spaces at various locations in town where people can drop in to see displays, ask questions and provide feedback.

“We’ll also have the option of a survey and interactive map as another way for community members to share their ideas and feedback,” said Mr Meadows.

Harcourt planning information sessions

Session one: 6pm to 7.30pm, Thursday 15 November at the Harcourt Bowling Club, 1 Warren Street, Harcourt

Session two: 11am to 12.30pm, Friday 16 November, Goldfields Track Café, 92 Harmony Way, Harcourt.

For more information contact 5471 1700.

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