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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

Public consultation on the draft discussion paper closed on 30 January 2019. We are now preparing the 'What we heard' paper, which is scheduled to be publicly released in March 2019. This will be made available for download on this webpage.

How can the community get involved?

Public consultation for stage one closed on 30 January 2019. For this consultation, Council held two information sessions to launch the project in Harcourt on 15 and 16 November 2018, held pop-up project offices at various locations Harcourt, and asked the community to complete a survey or comment on an online interactive map.

The discussion paper is still available.

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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