Strategic Planning and Major Projects

Pyrenees Futures

An important part of Council's role involves strategic planning that develops policies to guide how land is used and how our townships function across the shire.  Council's major strategic planning project across 2017-18 is Pyrenees Futures, a project that will work with our community to produce framework plans and urban design guidelines to shape nine of our largest communities. .

Pyrenees Futures is part of Council's ongoing reform and maintenance of planning policies affecting land in our shire.  For more information and to get involved, visit

Planning Scheme Review

As part of its planning role, Pyrenees Shire Council conducts strategic planning work to review how land is used (including zones and overlays that apply to land) and planning policies that apply to land.  These policies are all part of the Pyrenees Planning Scheme, a statutory document that regulates land use and development across the shire through:

  • Land Zoning: All land in the shire is zoned, which affects how it may be used and developed
  • Some land is also affected by overlay controls which seek to address specific issues such as environmental constraints or heritage.

The Pyrenees Planning Scheme also contains a range of local policies which outline the Council’s vision for planning and development of the shire, and strategies as to how preferred outcomes should be achieved.

A copy of the current Planning Scheme policies, zone/overlay controls and mapping ordinance can be viewed free of charge at:

Since the introduction of the Pyrenees Planning Scheme in 1998, Council has had a number of changes to the planning scheme approved by the Minister for Planning.  You can view these planning scheme amendments here by searching under Pyrenees under the "planning scheme" tab.

Planning scheme reviews

It is a requirement of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 that each Planning Authority across Victoria must review its Planning Scheme every four years. This review must include an audit of the scheme, its content as well as its overall effectiveness.

The Pyrenees Planning Scheme’s last review was completed in January 2015.  You can download a copy of the review below:

Planning Scheme Review January 2015 (214KB)

For more information, please contact the Planning Department at the Beaufort Office by telephoning (03) 5349 1100.

We acknowledge the people past and present of the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Djab Wurrung tribes, whose land forms the Pyrenees Shire. We pay our respect to the customs, traditions and stewardship of the land by the elders and people of these tribes.

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