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Beautiful historic buildings in Maldon.

Monday 10 February 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is seeking feedback on the draft Maldon Design Guidelines and invites community members to attend an information session to find out more.

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 Maldon Design Guidelines aim to guide design and development that is sensitive to preserving the historical significance and character of Maldon,” said Shannon Meadows, Manager Development Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Over the past 18 months, we have undertaken an extensive review of the guidelines in collaboration with urban and heritage advisors, and with expert input from a project advisory group that included members of the Maldon community.”

“The updated draft guidelines are consistent with current planning policy and legislation, while making them easier to use for residents, property owners, businesses, architects and builders.

“We see this as an important strategy in managing and protecting the heritage of Maldon as Australia’s first notable town,” he said.

The existing guidelines were originally prepared for the Shire of Maldon Planning Scheme in the 1970s, and incorporated into the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme in 1998. This is the first time they have been comprehensively reviewed and updated.

The revision will bring the guidelines up-to-date in terms of contemporary heritage, planning policy and legislation; remove errors, anomalies, and repetition, and add context to prescriptive provisions. A change in structure makes them easier to navigate for users.

The draft guidelines are now on public exhibition and open for community feedback, before they are finalised and considered for adoption at a future Council Meeting later in the year.

Once adopted, Council must then undertake a planning scheme amendment to incorporate the updated Guidelines into the local planning scheme.

To give community members a chance to discuss the guidelines and provide feedback, Council is hosting two drop-in information sessions at Maldon Community Centre from:

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

Community members can complete an online survey to provide constructive feedback on the draft Guidelines, or make a submission in writing by 5.00pm on Thursday 2 April 2020.

“We would like to thank the members of the Maldon Design Guidelines Project Advisory Group for their time, passion and expertise on this project, which is being delivered to meet a commitment in the Mount Alexander Shire Council Plan,” said Mr Meadows.

The project advisory group is made up of three community and skill based members, three council officers, and local ward Councillor Stephen Gardner.

More information including the guidelines, background paper, survey and how to make a submission is available at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/MaldonDesignGuidelines.

Copies are available to view at the drop in sessions, the Maldon Visitor Information Centre and the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

Image: The beautiful heritage streetscape of Maldon.

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