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 around 1000 houses a year to meet this demand. Current growth rates in the existing Ballarat West growth area would result in this area reaching its full potential in around 12 years.

However, due to constraints within the existing Ballarat West Growth Area, namely fragmented land ownership patterns, actual developable land supply is limited and it is likely we will run out of 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 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.

Consultation on 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 is seeking input regarding the extent and location of boundaries to the Northern and Western Growth Areas. Council is seeking 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)
  • ownership patterns (eg. consolidation)
  • planning constraints (eg. conflicting uses, low density/rural residential areas, heritage, vegetation, environmental, contamination overlays)


We invite submissions through mySay by completing the growth-areas-boundary-submissions survey below. For further information on this project, the City of Ballarat will be hosting an online drop-in session with members of the Strategic Planning team. you can register to attend this session below.

Submissions are to be made in writing via the survey below by 11.59pm on 15 December 2020.

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


Public Information Sessions

Council will be holding public information sessions to provide more detail on this project.

You can register to attend an online drop-in session to be held from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. You are able to register end the online drop-in session here.

The City of Ballarat's online drop-in session will be held using Microsoft Teams. Upon registration, a link to this will be sent to your email.


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 to reserve each growth area for future growth and enable the preparation of technical reports to underpin precinct structure planning for each area.

A summary of submissions paper will be published on Ballarat Growth Areas mySay page. This paper will inform a council report containing recommendations regarding the boundaries of the Northern and Western growth areas. This council report will be considered by Council in early 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 around 1000 houses a year to meet this demand. Current growth rates in the existing Ballarat West growth area would result in this area reaching its full potential in around 12 years.

However, due to constraints within the existing Ballarat West Growth Area, namely fragmented land ownership patterns, actual developable land supply is limited and it is likely we will run out of 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 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.

Consultation on 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 is seeking input regarding the extent and location of boundaries to the Northern and Western Growth Areas. Council is seeking 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)
  • ownership patterns (eg. consolidation)
  • planning constraints (eg. conflicting uses, low density/rural residential areas, heritage, vegetation, environmental, contamination overlays)


We invite submissions through mySay by completing the growth-areas-boundary-submissions survey below. For further information on this project, the City of Ballarat will be hosting an online drop-in session with members of the Strategic Planning team. you can register to attend this session below.

Submissions are to be made in writing via the survey below by 11.59pm on 15 December 2020.

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


Public Information Sessions

Council will be holding public information sessions to provide more detail on this project.

You can register to attend an online drop-in session to be held from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. You are able to register end the online drop-in session here.

The City of Ballarat's online drop-in session will be held using Microsoft Teams. Upon registration, a link to this will be sent to your email.


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 to reserve each growth area for future growth and enable the preparation of technical reports to underpin precinct structure planning for each area.

A summary of submissions paper will be published on Ballarat Growth Areas mySay page. This paper will inform a council report containing recommendations regarding the boundaries of the Northern and Western growth areas. This council report will be considered by Council in early 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.