Planning for Ballarat's future CBD

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The City of Ballarat (the City) has prepared a draft Urban Design Framework (UDF)and a Skyline and Views Study for the Ballarat CBD. The Framework builds upon strategic work already completed by the City, which articulates the vision and objectives for the CBD area. This work commenced with the adoption of the Ballarat CBD Strategy in 2010 and continued most recently, with the approval for the Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct Urban Renewal Plan, adopted by Council in October 2019.

Increased investment in the CBD is presenting Ballarat with the critical opportunity to invest in the design quality of its built environment and public realm. As we anticipate that health, education and professional services will continue to generate employment opportunities in support of the existing retail and hospitality trade, increased residential offerings will further contribute to a thriving, connected and distinctive neighbourhoods. The UDF and Skyline and Views Study are two key strategic documents to inform principles and guidelines for future development in the CBD while protecting the important heritage and landscape characterisitics of Ballarat.

The Urban Design Framework (UDF)

The purpose of the UDF is to set the overall urban design direction for the CBD, while supporting strategic goals to further strengthen employment opportunities and to better support the provision of a greater diversity of housing in the area. By setting a high standard for design quality in future development within the Ballarat CBD, the city can continue to evolve while contributing to the highly valued heritage character of Ballarat.


A draft of the UDF provides an urban design analysis alongside a set of draft principles associated with the future design of open space and the public realm, new buildings, movement and community infrastructure themes.


Planning for the future of the Ballarat CBD aims to ensure that the housing and commercial needs of our growing and changing community are met in a way that is sustainable, equitable and in line with community values.


Skyline and Views Study

The purpose of the Skyline and Views Study is to provide evidence and analysis of the City’s distinctive skyline and surrounding landmarks to help identify strategic views and viewpoints from where the impact of future development can be clearly and consistently assessed.


Managing and protecting the City’s skyline and views is an important and valued element of the ‘City in the Landscape’. Understanding the interplay between views, vistas and desired view management cones and planes will assist in shaping the urban form of the CBD.


Get Involved

To get involved, please complete the Project Survey, attend an online drop in session or contact Strategic Planning directly via StrategicPlanning@Ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5500. Council staff will also be available for drop-in sessions at the City of Ballarat Shopfront at 16 Bridge Mall on:

  • Thursday 11 March between 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 23 March between 10:00am - 12:00pm

Engagement on the UDF and Skyline and Views Study will run from 1 March to 9 April 2021.

The City of Ballarat (the City) has prepared a draft Urban Design Framework (UDF)and a Skyline and Views Study for the Ballarat CBD. The Framework builds upon strategic work already completed by the City, which articulates the vision and objectives for the CBD area. This work commenced with the adoption of the Ballarat CBD Strategy in 2010 and continued most recently, with the approval for the Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct Urban Renewal Plan, adopted by Council in October 2019.

Increased investment in the CBD is presenting Ballarat with the critical opportunity to invest in the design quality of its built environment and public realm. As we anticipate that health, education and professional services will continue to generate employment opportunities in support of the existing retail and hospitality trade, increased residential offerings will further contribute to a thriving, connected and distinctive neighbourhoods. The UDF and Skyline and Views Study are two key strategic documents to inform principles and guidelines for future development in the CBD while protecting the important heritage and landscape characterisitics of Ballarat.

The Urban Design Framework (UDF)

The purpose of the UDF is to set the overall urban design direction for the CBD, while supporting strategic goals to further strengthen employment opportunities and to better support the provision of a greater diversity of housing in the area. By setting a high standard for design quality in future development within the Ballarat CBD, the city can continue to evolve while contributing to the highly valued heritage character of Ballarat.


A draft of the UDF provides an urban design analysis alongside a set of draft principles associated with the future design of open space and the public realm, new buildings, movement and community infrastructure themes.


Planning for the future of the Ballarat CBD aims to ensure that the housing and commercial needs of our growing and changing community are met in a way that is sustainable, equitable and in line with community values.


Skyline and Views Study

The purpose of the Skyline and Views Study is to provide evidence and analysis of the City’s distinctive skyline and surrounding landmarks to help identify strategic views and viewpoints from where the impact of future development can be clearly and consistently assessed.


Managing and protecting the City’s skyline and views is an important and valued element of the ‘City in the Landscape’. Understanding the interplay between views, vistas and desired view management cones and planes will assist in shaping the urban form of the CBD.


Get Involved

To get involved, please complete the Project Survey, attend an online drop in session or contact Strategic Planning directly via StrategicPlanning@Ballarat.vic.gov.au or 5320 5500. Council staff will also be available for drop-in sessions at the City of Ballarat Shopfront at 16 Bridge Mall on:

  • Thursday 11 March between 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 23 March between 10:00am - 12:00pm

Engagement on the UDF and Skyline and Views Study will run from 1 March to 9 April 2021.

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    If you have any questions or would like to submit your response via email please contact us at strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au 

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