C80 - Wangaratta CAA - Urban Design Framework

What the Amendment Does: The amendment implements the recommendations of the Wangaratta Central Activities Area (CAA) - Urban Design Framework 2019 into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme.  

The area affected by the Amendment:  The amendment applies to the Wangaratta CAA as highlighted red in the map below:



Exhibition Period: The exhibition period officially commences on the 8th December 2022 and concludes on the 30th January, 2023.  Any submission to the amendment must be made within this timeframe. 

Amendment Documents: The Amendment documents can be found at the following link: here

Frequently Asked Questions: We have put together some questions and answers to assist the community in understanding the amendment:

What is the Urban Design Framework?

  • The Wangaratta Urban Design Framework (2019) or UDF for short is a council document that sets out a vision for both public and private land within the Wangaratta Central Activities Area. It guides future land use and development with the focus in achieving a more cohesive interaction between the private and public realm and the natural environment.

How is this achieved?

There are four ways that this Amendment will incorporate the UDF into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme:

  1. Local policy (Clause 11.03-1L-02) in the Wangaratta Planning Scheme will be updated to include the recommendations of the UDF and give guidance and confidence in decision making for Council officers, landowners and consultants when applying for planning permission.
  2. Rezones several properties to better reflect their current land uses. As it currently stands there are residential properties in the CAA that are used for commercial activities and partially zoned residential/commercial sites. Equally, there is one residential property that is partially affected by the commercial zone. These rezoning's are more of a correction than a sweeping change.
  3. Replace the current Design and Development Overlay Schedule 1 (DDO1) that applies to the Wangaratta Central Activities Area with a new DDO, the coverage of which is extended by the change shown on the picture below.
  4. Introduces the UDF as a background document into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme.

What does the new Design and Development Overlay Schedule 1 (DDO1) do?

The new DDO1 will trigger a planning permit for most buildings and works in the CAA. The requirement for a permit is not introduced just by this amendment, because there are additional overlays and zones that will already be the basis for a permit trigger. The new DDO1 will provide guidance for both landowners and council in preparing and assessing planning applications in keeping with the recommendations of the UDF. The DDO1 is designed to provide guidance on:

  • Siting and design;
  • Scale, massing and setbacks;
  • Signage;
  • Accessibility;
  • Car parking;
  • Landscaping;
  • Environmentally sustainable design

Need Assistance: If you require any further information please contact Councils Strategic Planning Department.