Flooding Amendment Exhibition

Hepburn Shire Council has prepared amendment C77hepb to the Hepburn Planning Scheme.

Additional information sessions

Council officers will be holding an information session next Thursday (27 August 2020) via Zoom at 6pm or 7.30pm.

The purpose of the meetings will be to clarify any matters of process and to answer questions that you may have. A representative from North Central Catchment Management Authority will also be attending.

Please contact Alison Blacket via ablacket@hepburn.vic.gov.au if you would like to be included in one of these meetings. A Zoom invite will then be forwarded to you.


What does the amendment do?

The Amendment affects the following flood-prone land in the Shire:

ClunesThe amendment applies new Land Subject to Inundation Overlay controls (LSIO1 and LSIO2) to 105 properties and deletes the existing LSIO from 17 properties.
CreswickThe amendment applies a new LSIO1 and LSIO2 to 174 properties.
Rural localities and small settlementsThe amendment deletes the existing LSIO and applies a new schedule LSIO3 to these same properties using updated mapping. (The localities include Coomoora, Drummond, Kooroocheang, Smeaton, Mount Beckworth, Yandoit, Mount Cameron and Evansford.)

Whilst a planning permit will be required for specified works and subdivisions, the proposed three Schedules to the LSIO will introduce exemptions for low risk buildings and works to minimise permit triggers based on the flood risk according to the projected flooding depth.

Click here for a brochure with questions and answers

Where you can inspect the amendment

You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment, the explanatory report about the amendment free of charge at the following locations:

Hepburn Shire Council’s planning department on 53482306.

North Central Catchment Management Authority on 54401866.


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. These are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify you of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

The closing date for submissions is Friday the 11 September 2020.

Submissions must be sent to the Strategic Planning Officer, Hepburn Shire Council, PO Box 21 Daylesford 3460 Victoria or ablacket@hepburn.vic.gov.au.

Public availability of submissions

Council is required to 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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