Planning Scheme Amendment C243 – Heathcote Flood Study

The City of Greater Bendigo prepared planning scheme amendment C243 (the amendment) in conjunction with the North Central Catchment Management Authority. The amendment proposes to update flood planning controls in Heathcote based on modelling from the Heathcote Flood Study, 2016. It affects various properties located along either side of the McIvor Creek in Heathcote by applying or removing the Urban Floodway Zone or the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay. The amendment ensures up to date information on flooding is considered in future development proposals in Heathcote.

Following public exhibition of the amendment a Panel Hearing was held on Tuesday September 22, 2020 by video conference (due to COVID-19 associated physical distancing requirements) to consider all opposing submissions to the amendment which the City and the North Central Catchment Management Authority have been unable to resolve.  All parties to the amendment were individually invited to attend the hearing.

The Panel report including its findings and recommendation has been received and was made available to the public on November 3, 2020.

At its December 14, 2020 meeting, Council resolved to accept the Panel's recommendations, adopt the amendment and to request the Minister for Planning to approve the amendment.  

On September 10, 2021 notice of approval of the amendment was published in the Victorian Government Gazette and the changes proposed by the amendment came into effect forming part of the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme.

This planning amendment process is now finished.

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Gazetted Date

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  • Close of public exhibition
  • Council meeting to consider submissions
  • Panel appointed
  • Directions hearing held
  • Panel hearing scheduled
  • Panel hearing held
  • Panel Report publicly available
  • Council meeting to consider Panel’s recommendations and to adopt amendment
  • Minister for Planning approved amendment
  • Notice of approval of amendment published in Victorian Government Gazette

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