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City reviews the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme

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The City of Greater Bendigo is reviewing its Planning Scheme to ensure it meets community needs and the strategic direction of Council.

The Planning Scheme affects the way land can be used and developed. It is a legal document that sets out the objectives, policies and controls for land use and development in Greater Bendigo.

The review of the Planning Scheme involves reviewing the Municipal Strategic Statement (the strategic focus for Greater Bendigo), zones and overlays, provisions and policies.

City staff have found there are a number of gaps in the Scheme, including

  • Direction for rural areas of the municipality
  • Guidelines for location and style of infill residential development
  • Environmental management
  • Infrastructure planning

As part of the review process, the City is seeking community feedback about planning and development priorities, experiences obtaining planning permits and residential character.

Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the City wanted to hear from residents across the municipality.

“We also want to hear from developers, business owners and land managers, everyone who interacts with the Planning Scheme on a regular basis,” Mr O’Sullivan said

“We have done a lot of work to identify the areas we think need strengthening, but it’s also important that we hear from our community – the Planning Scheme affects all development that happens in Greater Bendigo so all feedback is welcomed.

A survey is available online and City staff will be hosting a number of listening posts across the municipality.

Consultation is open from today until Friday November 30. For more information go to

Media Release Date

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