Pyrenees Futures

Welcome to Pyrenees Futures!  This project re-imagines small town planning, using the strengths and individual character of our major towns as a platform to guide how they grow and develop into the future.

Pyrenees Futures uses a place-based approach.  This means making the whole town the centre of what we do involving Council, working with community, landscape and local stories to foster the attributes that make our towns tick. The project includes reform to planning policies that guide how land is used in our townships, and also short-term and low-cost urban design improvements focused on making our town centres even more people-friendly.

Council is running Pyrenees Futures across nine townships.  Read on for more information and latest updates.

Draft Avoca Framework and Main Street Plan

The Avoca Framework and Main Street Plan is now on public exhibition.  You can download the plan here(PDF, 11MB) or read it in hard copy at the Avoca Community Resource Centre.

Got questions?  Come along to drop-in sessions at the Avoca Community Resource Centre from 10am-12pm on Saturday 25 May, or on Monday 27 May from 2pm-4pm.  You can also email queries to futures@pyrenees.vic.gov.au, and check out this flyer(PDF, 277KB) for more information.

The plan responds to community feedback around planning policies across the whole town and particular urban design elements in High Street. This includes the need for shade, seating and a stronger sense of character to make the main street a stronger, more publicly oriented heart for the town. 

Check back soon or follow Council on Facebook for more information on how you can review and comment on these draft plans, once they are finalised.  For more information, see the media release from Council's April meeting.

Final plans adopted for Lexton, Snake Valley and Waubra

Council has adopted final framework plans for three towns following public exhibition run from November 2018-February 2019. The plans set a five-year direction for the look, feel and growth of these towns through planning policy reform, urban design and place activation work.  Each framework also includes an implementation plan as a focus for action.

Thanks to all who attended drop-in sessions, joined town walks, filled in surveys, made submissions or got in touch to help inform these plans.  You can now download the final Lexton(PDF, 5MB) , Snake Valley(PDF, 5MB) and Waubra(PDF, 2MB) plans.

Further updates

Council is now finalising draft framework plans for Avoca, Beaufort and Raglan, which are being developed in light of extensive community engagement.  Draft plans will shortly be presented to Council, before being released for public review.  Check back here for more information.

  • Read a summary(PDF, 134KB) of our community engagement in Beaufort, which is informing the Beaufort Township Framework Plan. 

The Beaufort Township Framework Plan will include directions for land use, urban design and policy reform.  It will also include a specific Town Centre Activation Plan to look at short-term improvements aimed at bringing more life to the town centre and helping make the town bypass-ready.

 

Planning for Moonambel, Amphitheatre and Landsborough

Council will be starting community engagement for the development of framework plans for Moonambel, Amphitheatre and Landsborough during 2019.

In coming months, we will arrange an informal drop-in session in each town with further opportunities to be involved.

In the meantime, you can let us know your thoughts from your keyboard by completing a survey for your town by following the links below, or emailing futures@pyrenees.vic.gov.au

 

What will these framework plans do?

The final Township Framework Plans will lead to:

  • New township planning policies that will guide decisions on land rezoning, provide guidance to development applicants and inform Council’s assessment of planning applications.
  • Urban design guidelines that will focus on improving the look and function of town centres to make them even better places for people.

If you’re interested in getting involved in your town, email futures@pyrenees.vic.gov.au or contact Council’s Town Planning staff via 1300 PYRENEES (1300 797 363).