The Miners Rest Township Plan

PROJECT UPDATE

At its meeting on 3rd April 2019, Council deferred consideration of the plan until a number of interrelated issues were determined and further community and stakeholder consultation was undertaken. In particular, Council resolved:

1. That Council defer consideration of the Miners Rest Township Plan and defer any referral to the Minister until the following has been provided:

a) The completion of the review of the planning controls masterplan for the Dowling Forest Equine Precinct

b) The examination of the draft proposal for the future use and rezoning of the former Boral quarry at Miners Rest

c) The impact of any current or future options for the Ballarat Airport on surrounding land; and

d) The impact of any proposed Northern Growth Area as part of the current Growth Area Planning investigations being undertaken in conjunction with the Victoria Planning Authority (VPA).

2. That a progress report be provided on these matters to Council when major timeframes have been reached and by the end of June 2019.

A further report will be presented to Council on 3 July as an update to each of the issues identified in the above resolution.

CURRENT CONSULTATION PROCESS

Following further community engagement and Council’s decision to defer adoption of the Township Plan, an update of the draft Miners Rest Township Plan has been prepared and is now available for public comment.

This consultation process will be open between 29 June 2019 and 2 August 2019.

Updated documents include:

· Draft Miners Rest Township Plan (Updated June 2019)

· Miners Rest Township Plan, Background Information and Analysis (Updated June 2019)

· Miners Rest Local Area Plan – Schedule of Changes (June 2019)

A drop-in session has been organised for:

23 July 2019 at the Miners Rest Community Hall in Market Street between 3pm-6pm.

We look forward to receiving your comments on the updated plan. Submissions, questions and comments can be emailed to: strategicplanningsubmissions@ballarat.vic.gov.au.


ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Miners Rest Township Plan has been prepared following extensive community consultation and seeks to:

  • Establish a long-term community vision for Miners Rest
  • Develop a prioritised action plan and responsibilities for implementation
  • Guide the City of Ballarat and other authorities to prioritise investment in the town
  • Provide a sound basis for community and the City of Ballarat to apply for grants or lobby for funding
  • Identify potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme to implement land use planning actions to achieve the vision.


The Township Plan includes a vision statement – In 2040 Miners Rest will be:

  • A family-orientated rural township with a friendly and inclusive community spirit
  • A compact and contained township functioning as a separate ‘satellite’ settlement to Ballarat
  • A rural township character which is positively influenced by the surrounding open rural landscape
  • A township with ample commercial uses and activities to meet the day-to-day needs of the local community and businesses
  • A vibrant, inviting and attractive township with well-designed, tree-lined streetscapes and pedestrian/cycling connections linking major community hubs
  • A township recognised and celebrated for its significant equine industry
  • A township with ample public transport options and the safe management of vehicle traffic.


Please find links on the right hand side of this page to the updated Miners Rest Township Plan (updated June 2019) and a number of additional studies which have been undertaken and used to inform the plan.
These reports include:

  1. The Miners Rest Plan Township Plan Final (June 2019)
  2. Miners Rest Township Plan - Background Information and Analysis Report Final (June 2019)
  3. Miners Rest Township Plan - Schedule of Changes (June 2019)
  4. Draft Miners Rest Local Policy, Framework Plan, GRZ2 (potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme) (March 2019)
  5. Miners Rest Community Infrastructure Assessment Final (June 2018)
  6. Miners Rest – 'What you said' report (May 2017)
  7. Miners Rest Township Plan Issues and Opportunities Paper (Sept 2017)
  8. Ballarat Airport Safeguarding Study (July 2018)
  9. Ballarat Aerodrome Noise Modelling Report (June 2018)
  10. Draft Dowling Forest Property Market Review and Options Analysis (Feb 2019)
  11. Summary response to feedback on draft Township Plan (updated March 2019)
  12. Miners Rest Township Plan - Priority Action Plan Final (March 2019).


Further information

If you have any questions about the final plan or process, or would like to register your interest to be kept up-to-date with the plan, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 5320 7420 or strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

PROJECT UPDATE

At its meeting on 3rd April 2019, Council deferred consideration of the plan until a number of interrelated issues were determined and further community and stakeholder consultation was undertaken. In particular, Council resolved:

1. That Council defer consideration of the Miners Rest Township Plan and defer any referral to the Minister until the following has been provided:

a) The completion of the review of the planning controls masterplan for the Dowling Forest Equine Precinct

b) The examination of the draft proposal for the future use and rezoning of the former Boral quarry at Miners Rest

c) The impact of any current or future options for the Ballarat Airport on surrounding land; and

d) The impact of any proposed Northern Growth Area as part of the current Growth Area Planning investigations being undertaken in conjunction with the Victoria Planning Authority (VPA).

2. That a progress report be provided on these matters to Council when major timeframes have been reached and by the end of June 2019.

A further report will be presented to Council on 3 July as an update to each of the issues identified in the above resolution.

CURRENT CONSULTATION PROCESS

Following further community engagement and Council’s decision to defer adoption of the Township Plan, an update of the draft Miners Rest Township Plan has been prepared and is now available for public comment.

This consultation process will be open between 29 June 2019 and 2 August 2019.

Updated documents include:

· Draft Miners Rest Township Plan (Updated June 2019)

· Miners Rest Township Plan, Background Information and Analysis (Updated June 2019)

· Miners Rest Local Area Plan – Schedule of Changes (June 2019)

A drop-in session has been organised for:

23 July 2019 at the Miners Rest Community Hall in Market Street between 3pm-6pm.

We look forward to receiving your comments on the updated plan. Submissions, questions and comments can be emailed to: strategicplanningsubmissions@ballarat.vic.gov.au.


ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Miners Rest Township Plan has been prepared following extensive community consultation and seeks to:

  • Establish a long-term community vision for Miners Rest
  • Develop a prioritised action plan and responsibilities for implementation
  • Guide the City of Ballarat and other authorities to prioritise investment in the town
  • Provide a sound basis for community and the City of Ballarat to apply for grants or lobby for funding
  • Identify potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme to implement land use planning actions to achieve the vision.


The Township Plan includes a vision statement – In 2040 Miners Rest will be:

  • A family-orientated rural township with a friendly and inclusive community spirit
  • A compact and contained township functioning as a separate ‘satellite’ settlement to Ballarat
  • A rural township character which is positively influenced by the surrounding open rural landscape
  • A township with ample commercial uses and activities to meet the day-to-day needs of the local community and businesses
  • A vibrant, inviting and attractive township with well-designed, tree-lined streetscapes and pedestrian/cycling connections linking major community hubs
  • A township recognised and celebrated for its significant equine industry
  • A township with ample public transport options and the safe management of vehicle traffic.


Please find links on the right hand side of this page to the updated Miners Rest Township Plan (updated June 2019) and a number of additional studies which have been undertaken and used to inform the plan.
These reports include:

  1. The Miners Rest Plan Township Plan Final (June 2019)
  2. Miners Rest Township Plan - Background Information and Analysis Report Final (June 2019)
  3. Miners Rest Township Plan - Schedule of Changes (June 2019)
  4. Draft Miners Rest Local Policy, Framework Plan, GRZ2 (potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme) (March 2019)
  5. Miners Rest Community Infrastructure Assessment Final (June 2018)
  6. Miners Rest – 'What you said' report (May 2017)
  7. Miners Rest Township Plan Issues and Opportunities Paper (Sept 2017)
  8. Ballarat Airport Safeguarding Study (July 2018)
  9. Ballarat Aerodrome Noise Modelling Report (June 2018)
  10. Draft Dowling Forest Property Market Review and Options Analysis (Feb 2019)
  11. Summary response to feedback on draft Township Plan (updated March 2019)
  12. Miners Rest Township Plan - Priority Action Plan Final (March 2019).


Further information

If you have any questions about the final plan or process, or would like to register your interest to be kept up-to-date with the plan, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 5320 7420 or strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

  • 'What You Said' Report

    about 1 year ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Thank you to 123 residents who responded to the community survey in April and 40 community members who participated in a consultation session at the Miner Rest Primary School on 21 March 2017.

    Most popular responses from the community consultation so far ...

    What do you love about Miners Rest?

    • The country atmosphere and local environment of the town; enjoy that it is quiet and peaceful
    • The sense of community spirit, with diverse age groups, from young families to retirees
    • The close proximity to Ballarat but still feels like a country town
    • Family-orientated and a positive place to raise...

    Thank you to 123 residents who responded to the community survey in April and 40 community members who participated in a consultation session at the Miner Rest Primary School on 21 March 2017.

    Most popular responses from the community consultation so far ...

    What do you love about Miners Rest?

    • The country atmosphere and local environment of the town; enjoy that it is quiet and peaceful
    • The sense of community spirit, with diverse age groups, from young families to retirees
    • The close proximity to Ballarat but still feels like a country town
    • Family-orientated and a positive place to raise children; relaxed, safe, and a caring community

    What do you imagine for Miners Rest?

    • More retail shops, cafés, chemist, doctors’ surgery, etc.
    • A sporting hub including sports ovals, netball courts, bowling club, leisure centre, gym, swimming pool/waterpark, café, etc.
    • Improved park facilities including paths, play equipment and amenities.
    • Development of more walking and bike tracks to connect different parts of the town

    What do you want to retain in Miners Rest?

    • The rural nature, community focus and small town feel
    • Parklands and open spaces.
    • Large blocks, avoiding high-density housing.
    • Existing commercial facilities.