What is the Ballarat Housing Strategy?

    The Ballarat Housing Strategy and will provide a plan for how Ballarat can accommodate population growth and residential development for the next 20 years.

    Why do we need a Housing Strategy?

    As Ballarat continues to grow and change it is important that we have a plan in place that will guide population growth and residential development in line with community needs and values.

    How will neighbourhood character be considered in the Housing Strategy?

    The Neighbourhood Character Study is a major piece of strategic work that will inform the Housing Strategy. It involves undertaking an assessment of existing residentially zoned neighbourhoods followed by preparation of preferred character statements and design guidelines. The preferred character statements and design guidelines for each neighbourhood will be considered in determining housing change areas as well subsequent changes to existing local planning policy and planning controls. Feedback on the Neighbourhood Character Study can be provided through engagement for the Housing Strategy.

    What will inform the Ballarat Housing Strategy?

    The Ballarat Housing Strategy will be guided by a broad range of strategic background studies and reports, the strategic vision from the revised Ballarat Strategy as well as State Government policy and guidance. The community will also play a role in shaping the Strategy through its input and involvement in community engagement.  

    How will the Ballarat Housing Strategy be implemented?

    The final paper will include a vision, principles and actions to ensure housing needs are met in a way that is sustainable, equitable and in line with community values. It may inform future advocacy, the formation of partnerships and changes to planning policy and controls.

    How can I be involved in shaping the Housing Strategy?

    You can be involved in shaping the Housing Strategy through providing a response to questions raised in this Discussion Paper and providing feedback on the draft Housing Strategy. If the Minister for Planning authorises the City of Ballarat to prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment to implement the Housing Strategy you will have an opportunity to make a submission to proposed changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme.