Planning Policies

PDF Effluent disposal and Water Quality (11 KB)
Development that cannot be serviced by reticulated sewerage should be located and designed to account for the site's unique environmental attributes and any nearby environmental features, such as creeks, rivers, lakes, springs, wetlands, bores and dams, particularly features providing water for stock, human or food production purposes. Objectives of the Policy • Ensure water quality and human and animal health is not affected by development. • Ensure that effluent disposal systems are suitable to the soil type and topography of the site, and are appropriately located away from environmentally sensitive features.

PDF Heritage Places and Precincts (21 KB)
This policy applies the recommendations of the Wangaratta Urban Area Heritage Study 2002 and recognises the Heritage Rivers Act 1992. The terms used in this policy are consistent with those used in the Burra Charter. For the purposes of this policy the term ‘heritage place’ includes "A place that is individually cited in the Heritage Overlay to this planning scheme; A place that is contributory to the significance of a heritage precinct in the Heritage Overlay to this planning scheme; and A ‘heritage precinct’ is a group of heritage places, and statements of their significance are listed in the Table to this policy". Objectives of the Policy • Implement the Wangaratta Urban Area Heritage Study 2002. • Encourage the conservation, and discourage the demolition, of all significant and contributory heritage places in the Heritage Overlay. • Ensure that new development and any publicly visible additions and/or alterations to a heritage place maintain the significance of the heritage place and/or precinct. • Encourage the retention, reuse and recycling of significant and contributory heritage places in the Heritage Overlay in a manner which conserves and does not detract from the significance of the heritage place and/or precinct. • Facilitate a consistent approach to the conservation of heritage places and precincts. • Ensure that the conservation of heritage places and precincts is based upon a clear understanding of the reasons for their significance. • Improve community awareness of the importance and value of heritage places and precincts and the reasons why they should be conserved. • Implement the Heritage Rivers Act 1992.

PDF Housing and Sheds in Rural Areas (47 KB)
The agricultural sector is a significant economic industry and social resource in the municipality. Rural housing that is not associated with dedicated rural and agricultural activities can potentially undermine the viability of the rural sector. Housing for lifestyle purposes in rural areas has the potential to create demand for community and physical infrastructure that may be more appropriately located in dedicated rural living areas. The appearance of rural buildings is also important given the high visual quality of landscapes in the municipality. Objectives of the Policy • Ensure that new dwellings do not undermine the productive agricultural base of the municipality, particularly in ‘very high’ and ‘high’ agricultural versatility areas. • Ensure that dwellings do not adversely impact on the rural and agricultural activities carried out on the land and the general area. • Avoid potential amenity impacts between rural activities/agricultural production and dwellings in rural areas, protecting primary producers from complaints based on perceived residential amenity rights. • Ensure that housing in rural areas support rural activities and production and is not undertaken to meet rural lifestyle objectives that may conflict with the rural use of the land. • Provide an adequate standard of infrastructure for dwellings.

PDF Hume Freeway Environs (21 KB)
The planning of freeways and the planning and control of land use and development in the areas through which they pass should be co-ordinated and integrated. Planning measures to control land use and development can materially assist the efficient performance of freeways and can protect the visual appearance of areas through which they pass. The Hume Freeway is a principal tourist and transport road linking capital cities and regional areas, and is a designated National Highway under the Australian Land Transport Development Act 1988. Land use planning should take full account of this National Highway when development occurs nearby. Objectives of the Policy • Ensure that land use and development does not prejudice the levels of service, safety and visual amenity of the Hume Freeway. • Minimise any adverse effects of noise from vehicle traffic using the Hume Freeway.

PDF Industrial Land (19 KB)
The North Wangaratta industrial area has zoned land to cater for a range of large, medium and small scale industrial uses. This area has the flexibility to respond to a range of future industrial uses, sizes and locational requirements, including value adding industries. Some upgrading of services is required in this area. Remaining industrial areas have available land and potential for small to medium sized industrial developments associated with existing uses and developments. Land use and development guidance is required in the North Wangaratta industrial area to protect the economic potential and performance of industry in the municipality. Objectives of the Policy • Facilitate the appropriate location of industrial land use and development. • Protect the North Wangaratta industrial area from encroachment of non industrial uses that may prejudice the availability of land for future industrial requirements or the operation of land for industrial purposes. • Ensure that industrial land use and development with potential to generate adverse amenity complies with relevant state environment protection policies. • Ensure that residential land uses, or other amenity sensitive land uses, do not encroach into the buffer area distances shown at Clause 52.10 of the Victoria Planning Provisions. • Ensure the harmonious co-existence between industry and adjoining rural and residential development. • Protect the biodiversity and water quality of declared catchments and watercourses. • Protect and enhance the presence and diversity of any remnant native vegetation and native fauna within and adjacent to industrial land. • Ensure all new industrial development is compatible with the aesthetic character of the surrounding land where practicable.

PDF Licensed Premises (17 KB)
Many licensed premises in urban areas of the municipality are situated in or in the vicinity of residential areas. Conflict can arise between licensed premises and residents if onsite and off site amenity effects are not appropriately managed. This policy articulates what matters Council will consider when evaluating the merits of permit applications and what permit conditions will apply. Objectives of the Policy • Manage the interface between licensed premises and surrounding or adjoining residential areas. • Minimise negative onsite and off-site amenity effects of licensed premises on adjoining land uses and neighbourhood amenity and character, principally entertainment noise and unsocial human behaviour. • Manage the location, operation and opening hours of licensed premises in order to protect the amenity of nearby residential areas. • Protect residential properties from adverse noise, traffic and parking associated with night-time activities of licensed premises. • Provide certainty for liquor license holders and residents with regards to how Council will handle liquor license permit applications. • Ensure that appropriate and consistent conditions are applied to permits in order to facilitate the effective implementation of this policy.

PDF Medical Centres (18 KB)
There is a growing trend for medical centres, chiropractors, naturopaths, osteopaths, dentists, and other consulting medical or allied professionals to locate in residential areas. While many of these serve the local residential population there has been a tendency for the establishment of larger multi-purpose centres which serve a broader population catchment. This policy aims to provide guidance to applicants in the design and location of medical centres within the municipality and assist in the assessment of applications. For the purposes of definition (refer to Clause 74 of the Victoria Planning Provisions), ‘medical centre’ means "Land used to provide health services (including preventative care, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, and counselling) to outpatients only". Objective of the Policy • Achieve well designed, quality medical centres, which are suitably located and do not have a negative impact on residential amenity.

PDF Public Places, Thoroughfares and Tourist Routes (13 KB)
Many of the public places, thoroughfares and tourist routes in the municipality enjoy a high level of visual amenity afforded by surrounding land and landscapes. Such amenity could be derived from the views or outlooks from public parks, arterial roads, main roads, freeways, railways, wayside stops or rail trails. The quality of the visual environment of an area is known to be an important criteria when tourists (and future investors or residents) make ‘stop, visit, stay, invest, buy or return’ decisions. Land use and development planning should recognise the visual impact of new development when viewed from public places, thoroughfares and tourist routes to complement Council’s related tourism and economic development strategies. Objectives of the Policy • Facilitate positive visual impressions gained of the municipality to those visiting or transiting through the area. • Increase the municipality’s tourism, investment and population potential and base. • Recognise that certain development, such as industrial development, may have inherent building design and layout circumstances that may require innovative solutions when deciding upon how to efficiently screen unattractive building or site activity elements.

PDF Ridgelines, Escarpments and Hilltops (9 KB)
The rural landscape of the municipality is an important natural asset that requires protection from inappropriate land use and development. In particular, many ridgelines, escarpments and hilltops can be seen in the distance from almost anywhere in the municipality, including many public places, thoroughfares and tourist routes. The visual and environmental implications of development on or in the vicinity of these valued landscape features can degrade the attractiveness and visual quality of the area. Objectives of the Policy • Protect the landscape and scenic quality of highly visible elevated areas. • Limit development on or near prominent ridgelines, escarpments and hilltops, or on or near other visually prominent land features.

PDF Rural Townships and Settlements - Glenrowan Township (34 KB)
The township of Glenrowan was the site of the Kelly Gang Siege – the ‘Last Stand’. Glenrowan is thus significant due to its association with the legend of Ned Kelly, a figure prominent in Australian cultural history. The national significance and international recognition of the site has, and will, continue to ensure that Glenrowan attracts large numbers of tourists, creating many benefits and challenges. The Glenrowan Masterplan provides a comprehensive assessment of the issues facing the township of Glenrowan in anticipation of increasing tourist numbers. Issues addressed include the rehabilitation and reinterpretation of the Siege Site, protection of related heritage assets, fostering a valued sense of character and community, the dispersed layout of the township, the need for improved safety and ease of pedestrian movement, enhanced streetscape character and heritage conservation and enhancement, and good design of new buildings, amongst other issues. The purpose of this policy is to implement recommendations of the Glenrowan Masterplan, which aims to protect and enhance the cultural, heritage and tourism values of Glenrowan and to ensure that both commercial and residential development occur in an orderly manner. This will be achieved by providing guidance in relation to the preferred location of new uses, the physical form of development, car parking and vehicle circulation in the assessment of applications and coordinating development between the public and private domains. Objectives of the Policy Township: • Define activity zones and vehicle parking zones within the commercial precinct. • Develop a sense of place unique to Glenrowan. Landscape: • Respond to the special character of Glenrowan’s physical environment, principally by reflecting the character of ‘Kelly Country’ and northeastern Victoria within the town centre. • Preserve and enhance Glenrowan’s significant landscape through vegetation retention and revegetation. • Protect and enhance existing landmarks and, where possible and appropriate, create new ones, particularly around identified entry points. • Re-establish the ‘Siege Site’ to reflect the topography and landscape characteristics of the year 1880. • Protect the immediate context of the ‘Siege Site’. Heritage: • Sensitively and authentically conserve and enhance areas of township heritage to reveal the many layers of the Kelly story and connect the disparate elements of this story within a wider town and regional context. • Conserve and enhance the ‘Siege Precinct’ as the focus of the town. • Recognise, conserve and enhance places in the township identified as having architectural, cultural or historic significance. • Ensure new buildings and building additions and alterations are sympathetic to the heritage characteristics of the ‘Siege Precinct’ and other heritage sites in Glenrowan. • Ensure that the cultural significance of a site, involving the aesthetic, historic, scientific or social value of a place to past, present and future generations, is assessed and used to guide planning decisions. Tourism activity: • Promote the ‘Siege Site’ and bushranger experience through key tourism initiatives and commercial development. • Develop a commercial precinct that provides high visitor amenity.

PDF Subdivision in Rural Areas (21 KB)
The agricultural sector is a significant economic industry and social resource in the municipality. Rural subdivision that is not associated with dedicated rural and agricultural activities can potentially undermine the viability of the rural sector through amenity impacts, loss of productive agricultural land, use of infrastructure and water that could be used for agricultural production, and land values exceeding agricultural value. Rural subdivision has the potential to create demand for community and physical infrastructure that may be more appropriately located in dedicated rural living areas. Objectives of the Policy • Ensure that land subdivision does not diminish the productive agricultural capacity of the land or general area, particularly in ‘high’ or ‘very high’ agricultural versatility areas. • Ensure that any subdivision of land is for the rural or agricultural use and development of land, rather than for rural lifestyle lots or development. • Ensure an adequate standard of infrastructure for rural land subdivision.

PDF Wangaratta Central Activities Area Urban Design Framework, Apex Park & Faithfull Street Precinct (38 KB)
This policy applies to all land in the Wangaratta Central Activities Area (as identified in the Municipal Strategic Statement), to Apex Park, and to Faithfull Street in between Ovens Street and Murphy Street on the north-eastern side. Objectives of the Policy Land use: • Encourage a broad range of residential, retail, office, accommodation, entertainment and recreation uses, where relevant. • Encourage the redevelopment of land with alternative land uses by specifying preferred uses for particular sites and locations. Tourism and economic development: • Facilitate projects targeted towards providing an improved visitor experience. • Provide tourism experiences through increased access to parkland and the Ovens River and King River reserve areas and foreshores. • Provide opportunities for investment, employment and economic development. Integration between land uses: • Integrate development with planned improvements in the public domain including enhanced pedestrian/bicycle routes, streetscapes and an active river frontage. • Ensure the interface between commercial and residential, or other sensitive land uses, is considered and that new development provides high levels of amenity for residents, users and occupants of new or redeveloped buildings. Design and built form: • Capitalise on views across the Ovens River, King River, parklands and public spaces. • Encourage activated edges to buildings that are situated along open space areas, public squares and pedestrian linkages. • Ensure buildings are constructed to a high standard with a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and sensitivity and access, including access for people with disabilities. • Ensure buildings and open space areas are designed to enable solar access. • Ensure development contributes to activity, vitality and a relaxed and comfortable year round atmosphere.

PDF Wineries and Cellar Door Sales (15 KB)
The development of the wine industry is an integral part of Council’s tourism and agriculture strategy, with wineries providing a significant tourism destination. This policy aims to provide guidance to Council in assessing applications for wineries and cellar door sales facilities to achieve high quality design and the provision of suitable tourist amenities. For the purposes of definition (refer to Clause 74 of the Victoria Planning Provisions), ‘winery’ means "Land used to display, and sell by retail, vineyard products, in association with the growing of grape vines and the manufacture of the vineyard products. It may include the preparation and sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises". Objectives of the Policy • Ensure that wineries and their cellar door sales facilities are compatible with the rural character of the area, and compatible with the environmental and aesthetic character of surrounding rural land. • Ensure that cellar door sales operations do not adversely affect surrounding land uses and residents. • Ensure that wineries can be provided with adequate infrastructure. • Ensure that adequate car and bus parking is provided on-site.