Hepburn Planning Scheme Exhibition



Click on the image to download the flyer sent to all Shire households

Click on the image to download the easy reference guide to maps

Click on the image to download the Powerpoint about the Review implementation






Public Submissions

Redacted Final C80hepb volume 1

Redacted Final C80hepb volume 2

Redacted Final C80hepb volume 3

Q & A Documents

Your questions answered on the Significant Landscape Overlays (SLO) and Design and Development Overlay (DDO):

Q and A s SLO

Q and A s DDO6


Exhibition of Amendment C80Hepb

Hepburn Shire Council has prepared amendment C80hepb to the Hepburn Planning Scheme.

All land within the Shire of Hepburn is affected by the amendment. The amendment proposes substantive changes to the Hepburn Planning Scheme. These are summarised in the table below:

Amendment C80hepb. Proposed key changes to the Hepburn Planning Scheme

ChangeWhat the change provides
A new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) to replace the Municipal Planning Statement (MSS)A sixteen page MPS (including five updated maps) that is more concise and clearer on important Shire-wide issues and community aspirations.

The new MPS replaces the MSS in accordance with the Ministerial Direction, ‘The Form and Content of Planning Schemes’. It has specific headings, word limits and formatting requirements

Nineteen new local policiesRespond to key planning issues expressed by the community as priorities to further guide planning decisions. They are (1) Aboriginal cultural heritage (2) Affordable housing (3) Catchment and land protection (4) Central Springs and Lake Daylesford, Hepburn Springs Reserve and Jubilee Lake Reserve environs (5) Diversified economy (6) Environmentally sustainable development. (7) Infrastructure design and provision. (8) Heritage (9) Landscape management. (10) Mineral springs and fresh water springs protection (11) Neighbourhood character in Daylesford. (12) Neighbourhood character in townships and settlements (13) Open Space (14) Protection of agricultural land. (15) Sustainable agricultural enterprises (16) Subdivision (17) Townships and settlements (18) Urban design (19) Native vegetation and habitat protection
Zones. The changes to the zones more efficiently apply the current township structure plans and strategic directions.
Zones: the following are unchanged:

·       Most existing zones (e.g. Farming, Commercial, Industrial, Low Density Residential and Rural Conservation).

·       Small settlements including Glenlyon to retain the Township Zone schedule.

Zone changes in CreswickIntroduce specific General Residential Zone (GRZ) schedule with objectives around character, design, landscape and heritage added from the Creswick Structure Plan.
Zone changes in ClunesChanges from Township Zone (TZ) to Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) with 9 metre height limits and specific objectives around character, design, landscape and heritage added from the Clunes Structure Plan from 2006.
Zone changes in Hepburn SpringsChanges from GRZ to NRZ with 9 metre height limits and specific objectives around character, design, landscape and heritage added from the Hepburn Springs Structure Plan

Includes the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve in a Public Park and Recreation Zone

Zone changes in TrenthamChanges from TZ to NRZ with 9 metre height limits and specific objectives around character, design, landscape and heritage added from the Trentham Structure Plan from 2006.
Changes road zones in Trentham to accurately reflect their designation as managed by Regional Roads Victoria.
Zone changes in DaylesfordChanges from GRZ to NRZ with 9 metre height limits and specific objectives around character, design, landscape and heritage added from the Daylesford Structure Plan from 2006.
Changes the Lost Children’s Memorial Park from a General Residential zone to a Public Park and Recreation Zone to accurately reflect its use.
Overlays The changes remove duplication/redundant overlays and create new overlays where there is justification
Overlays: the following are unchanged:

The Vegetation Protection Overlay; the Erosion Management Overlay; the Restructure Overlay and the Land Subject to Inundation Overlay.

Updates to Shire wide OverlaysRetains the Heritage Overlay to all heritage places with clearer application requirements
Retains the Environmental Significance Overlays 1 and 2 to protect the Shire’s water catchment and mineral springs assets and updates permit requirements and exemptions.
Overlay changes in Creswick areaRemoves redundant Development Plan Overlays from WD Seeds and Creswick Golf Course Resort sites removing duplicated requirements.
Overlay changes in Clunes areaIncludes a Significant Landscape Overlay – SLO2 around Mt Beckworth and extends the existing SLO1. Permits are proposed to be required for vegetation removal, buildings over 6 metres in height and 100 sq.m. in area, and for fencing over 1.8 metres high. Implements the  South-West Victoria Landscape Assessment Study, 2013
Overlay changes in Trentham areaAdds local heritage protection to HO988 for ‘Potato Huts’ in Little Hampton and Trentham.
Overlay changes in DaylesfordSplits the two existing Neighbourhood Character Overlay (NCO) Schedules into six separate schedules providing one schedule per precinct. The schedules will more accurately reflect the (still relevant) Daylesford Neighbourhood Character Study, 2002;
Removes Design and Development Overlay (DDO) areas from land that currently doubles up with the NCO controls.
Removes the redundant Development Plan Overlay from the former Daylesford Abattoir site.
Includes a Design and Development Overlay (DDO6) within a 500 metre radius of the Daylesford Material Recovery Facility (DMRF). Land affected by the DDO6 will require a permit for a building, subdivision and fencing.  This new control will limit development density in the area until Council has undertaken its review of its current Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.
General and Operational Provisions
Adds a background documentAdds the Hepburn Heritage Strategy 2020-2030 as a background document to support planning decisions, updates and removes redundant background documents.
Extends protection of dry stone wallsExtends the protection to all dry stone walls across the Shire regardless of when they were constructed.

This will now include dry stone walls constructed before 1940

Administrative changes Updates to clauses to clarify wording and content are proposed throughout the scheme so that they meet the requirements of the Ministerial Direction, ‘The Form and Content of Planning Schemes’.


You can view the amendment at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at www.planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/browse-amendments#Amendments–C80hepb

Council will be holding on line workshops in early August 2020 to provide the opportunity for the community to learn more. The dates will be posted here shortly.


How to make a written submission

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment.

Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter may wish to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submission’s and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions. The closing date for submissions is Friday 28 August 2020.

Written submissions can be made via the link here or

by writing to:

the Planning Scheme Review Officer, Hepburn Shire Council PO Box 21 Daylesford 3460 Victoria or planningscheme@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

The planning authority must make a copy of every submission available on line for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.



Please be aware that Hepburn Shire Council collects information from organisations and individuals during the planning scheme amendment process through submissions made to an Amendment. Submissions may be hand written, electronic and often contain images, maps and plans. Submissions frequently contain personal information which at times may be sensitive for commercial, health or other reasons.

Natural justice and transparency are important parts of the Planning Scheme Amendment process. Under section 21(2) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic), Council must make all submissions to an Amendment available to view by any person at its offices for a period of two months after the Amendment is gazetted or lapses. This includes all personal names, telephone and address details, unless specifically requested to be deleted prior to the submission being made publicly available.

Submissions are used by Council when assessing the Amendment and summaries of your submission are included in any Council report that considers the Amendment following the close of exhibition. Your submission will also be used and disclosed in the public process of a Panel Hearing if one is required. Any submission forwarded to Planning Panels Victoria will be managed in accordance with their privacy policy. Submissions may also be used to inform future Council plans and strategies such as Council Plan.

Publication of submissions on Council’s Website

Council will make all submissions available to view online on its website during the Planning Scheme Amendment process. All submissions made available online will be redacted to remove any personal names, telephone and address details. Submissions will be removed from the website once the Amendment is finalised.


Use of your personal information

In accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) the personal information submitted by you is being collected by Hepburn Shire Council for the submission process and it will not be disclosed to any other external party without your consent, except as a requirement of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic). This includes disclosing your personal information upon request (name and address only) to any person during the Planning Scheme Amendment process.

If you do not provide your name and address Council will not be able to consider your submission.

For more information regarding privacy please visit Council’s webpage at https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Policy-30-C-Privacy-Policy-Adopted-16-09-2014.pdf.


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