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Council adopts revised Maldon Design Guidelines

Beautiful historic buildings in Maldon.

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a strategy to help manage and protect the heritage of Maldon at its Ordinary Council Meeting this week.

Friday 18 September 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a strategy to help manage and protect the heritage of Maldon at its Ordinary Council Meeting this week.

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

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

Council will now seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare an amendment to incorporate the updated guidelines into the local planning scheme.

“As Australia’s first notable town, Maldon has a rich and significant story when it comes to heritage,” said Cr Christine Henderson, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“Through adopting these revised guidelines, Council is highlighting our commitment to the future management and protection of heritage of this charming town.”

The existing Maldon Design 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 heritage status, planning policy and legislation; remove errors, anomalies, and repetition, and add context to prescriptive provisions. They are consistent with current planning policy and legislation, while making them easier to use for residents, property owners, businesses, architects and builders.

“Council has worked alongside the urban and heritage advisors, the community, and members of the Maldon Design Guidelines Project Advisory Group on this project. Council is grateful to Cr Gardner for his chairing of the advisory group, and keeping Council informed of progress.”

“There was an extensive consultation period that included an online survey, community drop-in sessions, heritage walks and information sessions.”

“Through that process, we’ve heard a range of concerns and aspirations regarding the project."

"Council has taken great care to ensure that our community have been informed and listened to throughout the development of the revised Maldon Design Guidelines, and we are grateful to everyone who provided feedback,” said Mayor Henderson.

In terms of next steps, Council is currently preparing the documentation for an amendment to incorporate the updated guidelines.

Once underway this will include a formal public exhibition period and submissions process to enable to the community to provide feedback on any proposed changes to the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme.

More information including the guidelines is available at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/MaldonDesignGuidelines.

Image: The beautiful heritage streetscape of Maldon.

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