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Strategic Projects

Health Precinct Structure Plan

The purpose of the Health Precinct Structure Plan (HPSP) is to develop a long-term guiding framework for land use and built form outcomes within the Health Precinct.

The key objectives of the structure plan are to:


  • Create a vision for the future of the precinct, balancing the growth and development of the Health Sector against the established residential land uses.
  • Provide specific direction as to where the health and allied activities are to be located.
  • Meet the healthcare needs of the municipality and the broader regional area.
  • Create a vision and feel for the area that defines built form, open space design, landscape enhancements and entry points.
  • Improve access and connectivity including appropriate car parking, walkability, safety, all ability access, public transport and emergency vehicle access.
  • Demonstrate environmental sustainability.

The HPSP was adopted by Council in July 2019, a future planning scheme amendment will be undertaken to implement the recommendations of the HPSP into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme.

Any further enquiries regarding the HPSP, please contact Councils Strategy team on 5722 0888 or

View a copy of the structure plan here

Urban Design Framework (UDF)

The Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Wangaratta Central Activities Area (CAA) seeks to:

  • Enable the high level strategic aspirations of the CAA framework Plan (CBD Masterplan) to be implemented in detail.
  • Consider a broad range of key CBD issues include future land uses, economic opportunities, activation, heritage values, public space improvements, place making opportunities, integrated transport planning, access, circulation and parking and community infrastructure.
  • Provide a clear course of action for delivery of capital works, advocacy and planning scheme recommendations.
  • Introduce planning policies and controls into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme which implement key recommendations from the UDF.

The UDF was adopted by Council in August 2019, a future planning scheme amendment will be undertaken to implement the recommendations of the UDF into the Wangaratta Planning Scheme.

Any further enquiries regarding the UDF, please contact Councils Strategy team on 5722 0888 or

View a copy of the UDF here

Growth Areas

Wangaratta North West and South Growth Area Structure Plans

Growth Area Planning focuses on greenfield residential development on the outskirts of Wangaratta's urban area, as a land use and planning solution to population growth.  Greenfield development refers to sites that are previously undeveloped - and in this case are currently used for farming. To enable urban development and the transition of land from a farming use to a residential use, a Structure Plan is required to provide direction around the different land use opportunities and constraints, infrastructure required and key components of new sustainable communities.

A Structure Plan contains a plan, showing the location of specific land uses such as housing, shops, schools, and community facilities. It also shows infrastructure such as roads, bus routes, pedestrian and cycle paths, open space and drainage infrastructure.

The plan is supported by a report that details why different features are located in specific places within the structure plan area, for example why a park is located in a particular spot, the density and number of houses in a particular area. This information is used for guiding decisions about land use planning in the area.

Wangaratta North West and South Growth Area Development Contribution Plans

Development contributions are money or 'in kind' works provided by developers at the time of subdivision of land. 

A monetary fee/levy is determined as a dollar value per developable hectare of land.  This figure is based on apportionment, meaning the cost of each project is calculated by taking account of all potential users. 

Development contributions are not designed to provide full cost recovery for Councils, but ensure the direct beneficiaries of new infrastructure pay a reasonable share of the cost.  This 'user pays' system is considered fair and equitable and does not impact on landowners who choose not to develop.

Development Contributions

As identified in 'Overlay Changes' there is a proposal to introduce development contributions.  Development contributions are collected before development commences and they will be used to assist with the funding of key roads, parks and drainage infrastructure.

Development contributions have been calculated for each growth area:

Wangaratta North West Development Contributions

Area of Structure Plan:  215 hectares
Overall lot yield:              Approx. 1,670 lots/5,000 residents
Residential rate:           $159,988 per developable hectare

Commercial Rate:        $138,524 per developable hectare

Wangaratta South Development Contributions

Area of Structure Plan:  71.5 hectares
Overall lot yield:             Approx. 615 lots/1,800 residents
Total rate:                      $119,857 per developable hectare

 *Cost reflects 2018 costs.

Full details about how development contributions have been calculated can be found in the Wangaratta North West and Wangaratta South Growth Area Structure Plans.


Industrial Land Use Strategy

Background summary

The Wangaratta Industrial Land Use Strategy was adopted by Council in 2017.

The Strategy provides a vision and planning framework for Wangaratta's Industrial Areas, including the -

  • re-use or development of older industrial areas;
  • protection from the encroachment of sensitive uses;
  • built form and site presentation;
  • infrastructure planning and funding;
  • protecting potential long-term investigation areas for expansion;
  • the management of issues associated with dwellings in industrial zones;  and
  • industrial development in rural areas.

The Strategy and Background Report can be viewed below.



Low Density and Rural Residential Strategy

About the strategy

The Rural City of Wangaratta aims to ensure there is a diverse range of housing options across the municipality.

To help with this Council has appointed Urban Enterprise to prepare a Low Density and Rural Residential Strategy for the municipality.

The purpose of the Strategy is to identify a sufficient land supply for dwellings within the Low Density and Rural Living Zones in the municipality for the next 15 years and to ensure current and future residents are provided with a diverse range of housing options.

Project process

Urban Enterprise are currently analysing the research findings for the project, including information gathered from community consultation sessions in Wangaratta and Milawa, which were held in May 2019.

A range of other stakeholders have also been directly consulted as part of the study, including government agencies, infrastructure providers and real estate agents. 

A draft Strategy is currently nearing completion and it is anticipated that community consultation will occur early in 2020.  

If you would like any further information on the Strategy, please contact Councils Strategic Planning Team on 03 5722 0888 or via

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