Brown Hill Local Area Plan

Following on from the work achieved through the community-led Engaging Communities Program, the City of Ballarat will continue to partner with local residents to develop the Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment.

The plan will provide for the provision of infrastructure, open spaces and other key community assets to better protect valued community and environmental features, and manage the rapid growth occurring in the area.

The geographic scope of the project is defined by the suburb boundaries of Brown Hill and Gong Gong. Gong Gong has been included due to the strong environmental linkages between the two suburbs, and because of several significant land uses, which straddle the shared boundary. The project boundaries are shown in the map below.


Stage 1

The first stage of preparing the plan involved two community workshops and a local school engagement to help understand local values, key issues and aspirations for Brown Hill. A background report was also prepared by consultants to explore the issues and opportunities that will inform the Local Area Plan.

Stage 2 & 3

Based on what we heard from the community, we have now released a future growth scenarios paper, including a summary document, together with the background report and technical appendices.

The three scenarios outlined in the paper are:

  • A status quo scenario.
  • A growth scenario.
  • A balanced approach scenario.

The documents are now ready for your review and comment. Please find links on the right-hand side of this page to the Brown Hill Local Area Plan & Infrastructure Assessment Draft Scenarios Paper (Jan 2019) and a number of additional studies which have been undertaken to inform the plan.

Brown Hill LAP update

Since the last community engagement activities on the Draft Scenarios Paper, a draft Local Area Plan has been prepared with valuable input from the community on key issues and preliminary directions. However, with recent concerns raised by community members and councillors about how landscape and neighbourhood character is managed as the city grows, the strategic planning program has been reviewed. As a result, some new projects have been added to the Council’s program to ensure that environmental and character management objectives can be achieved. 

Particularly important to the Brown Hill Local Area Plan will be a city-wide Neighbourhood Character Study – identifying character across the city and how character should be protected. Also, a Living Corridor Protection Study will review planning scheme controls relating to vegetation and environmental significance, including the koala overlay, and how these interrelate with the bushfire overlay controls.

Due to the benefit of having this additional work undertaken first, a decision has been made to delay completion of the Brown Hill Local Area Plan until this new program of works has been completed. These projects will provide extremely useful information to guide the management of character and environmental values within Brown Hill.

Further information will be provided on the City of Ballarat MySay webpage and in future Community Newsletters.

Want more information?

Email strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au or call our Strategic Planning team on 5320 7420.

Following on from the work achieved through the community-led Engaging Communities Program, the City of Ballarat will continue to partner with local residents to develop the Brown Hill Local Area Plan and Infrastructure Assessment.

The plan will provide for the provision of infrastructure, open spaces and other key community assets to better protect valued community and environmental features, and manage the rapid growth occurring in the area.

The geographic scope of the project is defined by the suburb boundaries of Brown Hill and Gong Gong. Gong Gong has been included due to the strong environmental linkages between the two suburbs, and because of several significant land uses, which straddle the shared boundary. The project boundaries are shown in the map below.


Stage 1

The first stage of preparing the plan involved two community workshops and a local school engagement to help understand local values, key issues and aspirations for Brown Hill. A background report was also prepared by consultants to explore the issues and opportunities that will inform the Local Area Plan.

Stage 2 & 3

Based on what we heard from the community, we have now released a future growth scenarios paper, including a summary document, together with the background report and technical appendices.

The three scenarios outlined in the paper are:

  • A status quo scenario.
  • A growth scenario.
  • A balanced approach scenario.

The documents are now ready for your review and comment. Please find links on the right-hand side of this page to the Brown Hill Local Area Plan & Infrastructure Assessment Draft Scenarios Paper (Jan 2019) and a number of additional studies which have been undertaken to inform the plan.

Brown Hill LAP update

Since the last community engagement activities on the Draft Scenarios Paper, a draft Local Area Plan has been prepared with valuable input from the community on key issues and preliminary directions. However, with recent concerns raised by community members and councillors about how landscape and neighbourhood character is managed as the city grows, the strategic planning program has been reviewed. As a result, some new projects have been added to the Council’s program to ensure that environmental and character management objectives can be achieved. 

Particularly important to the Brown Hill Local Area Plan will be a city-wide Neighbourhood Character Study – identifying character across the city and how character should be protected. Also, a Living Corridor Protection Study will review planning scheme controls relating to vegetation and environmental significance, including the koala overlay, and how these interrelate with the bushfire overlay controls.

Due to the benefit of having this additional work undertaken first, a decision has been made to delay completion of the Brown Hill Local Area Plan until this new program of works has been completed. These projects will provide extremely useful information to guide the management of character and environmental values within Brown Hill.

Further information will be provided on the City of Ballarat MySay webpage and in future Community Newsletters.

Want more information?

Email strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au or call our Strategic Planning team on 5320 7420.