Ballarat Growth Areas

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Ballarat is growing at a rapid rate and Council must plan for this growth. At current rates, Ballarat will have a population of over 160,000 by 2040. This means Ballarat needs to build over 1000 houses a year to meet this demand. Current growth rates coupled with constraints within the existing Ballarat West Growth Area, namely fragmented land ownership patterns, mean that actual developable land supply is limited and it is likely we will run out of developable greenfield land by 2024-25.

The Northern and Western Growth Areas have been identified as Council's preferred greenfield growth areas, capable of accommodating Ballarat's expected greenfield growth and housing demand to 2040.

Council will soon commence the preparation of technical reports to inform precinct structure planning and infrastructure planning for the new growth areas. However, prior to the commencement of this work, we need to define the boundaries of both new growth areas.

Establishing Boundaries for the Northern and Western Growth areas

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 16 September 2020, Council resolved (in part) that details of proposed boundaries to the Northern and Western growth areas will be brought to Council for consideration at a future council meeting.

In response, the City of Ballarat sought submissions to determine the exact location of the boundary for each growth area noting constraints and opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • natural constraints (eg: topography, watercourses, forest, environmental assets)
  • built environment (eg. roads, rail, townships, cityscape, amenity, infrastructure, buffers, servicing)
  • ownership patterns (eg. consolidation)
  • planning constraints (eg. conflicting uses, low density/rural residential areas, heritage, vegetation, environmental, contamination overlays)


Submissions have been received through mySay and are summarised in report form for review under Documents - to the top right of this page. This report has been prepared to comply with the City of Ballarat's responsibilities under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

Further consultation will be undertaken at future stages of the project.

Next steps

Establishment and confirmation of the exact boundaries will enable the preparation of a planning scheme amendment to apply an Urban Growth Zone to these areas. This will reserve each growth area for future planning and growth and enable the preparation of technical reports to underpin precinct structure planning for each area.

Council officers are currently preparing a council report containing recommendations regarding the boundaries of the Northern and Western growth areas. This council report will be considered by Council in 2021.

More information

For any questions about the Growth Areas, please contact staff in the Strategic Planning team at StrategicPlanning@Ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5500.

Ballarat is growing at a rapid rate and Council must plan for this growth. At current rates, Ballarat will have a population of over 160,000 by 2040. This means Ballarat needs to build over 1000 houses a year to meet this demand. Current growth rates coupled with constraints within the existing Ballarat West Growth Area, namely fragmented land ownership patterns, mean that actual developable land supply is limited and it is likely we will run out of developable greenfield land by 2024-25.

The Northern and Western Growth Areas have been identified as Council's preferred greenfield growth areas, capable of accommodating Ballarat's expected greenfield growth and housing demand to 2040.

Council will soon commence the preparation of technical reports to inform precinct structure planning and infrastructure planning for the new growth areas. However, prior to the commencement of this work, we need to define the boundaries of both new growth areas.

Establishing Boundaries for the Northern and Western Growth areas

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 16 September 2020, Council resolved (in part) that details of proposed boundaries to the Northern and Western growth areas will be brought to Council for consideration at a future council meeting.

In response, the City of Ballarat sought submissions to determine the exact location of the boundary for each growth area noting constraints and opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • natural constraints (eg: topography, watercourses, forest, environmental assets)
  • built environment (eg. roads, rail, townships, cityscape, amenity, infrastructure, buffers, servicing)
  • ownership patterns (eg. consolidation)
  • planning constraints (eg. conflicting uses, low density/rural residential areas, heritage, vegetation, environmental, contamination overlays)


Submissions have been received through mySay and are summarised in report form for review under Documents - to the top right of this page. This report has been prepared to comply with the City of Ballarat's responsibilities under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

Further consultation will be undertaken at future stages of the project.

Next steps

Establishment and confirmation of the exact boundaries will enable the preparation of a planning scheme amendment to apply an Urban Growth Zone to these areas. This will reserve each growth area for future planning and growth and enable the preparation of technical reports to underpin precinct structure planning for each area.

Council officers are currently preparing a council report containing recommendations regarding the boundaries of the Northern and Western growth areas. This council report will be considered by Council in 2021.

More information

For any questions about the Growth Areas, please contact staff in the Strategic Planning team at StrategicPlanning@Ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5500.

Page last updated: 20 May 2021, 09:01