Pyrenees Futures

Overview

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.

Public Exhibition - Lexton, Snake Valley and Waubra Township Framework Plans

Pyrenees Shire Council has released draft framework plans for Lexton, Snake Valley and Waubra for public exhibition, from 14 November 2018 until 1 February 2019.  You can make submissions by emailing futures@pyrenees.vic.gov.au or clicking through to our web form.

Each plan has been developed following extensive community engagement including public drop-in sessions, town walks with small groups of local residents, surveys and meetings.  Each plan includes themes developed through community engagement, which frame actions for planning policy reform and urban design/place activation focused mostly on town centre improvements. There is also an implementation plan.

Following the public exhibition period, plans will be reviewed with a view to final adoption by Council, after which the implementation schedule will begin with short-term urban design and place activation improvements.

Further updates

  • Following community engagement completed in 2017-18, plans are now being written for Beaufort, Avoca and Raglan.
  • Read a summary(PDF, 134KB) of our community engagement in Beaufort, which is informing the Beaufort Township Framework Plan. 
  • Summaries of our engagement in Avoca and Raglan will be published shortly.

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.

The Avoca Township Framework Plan will also include a Streetscape Masterplan, being developed in response to community interest in improving the streetscape through the provision of more shade, shelter, seating and developing a stronger sense of place that reflects local stories.

Council looks forward to exhibiting this work early in 2019. 

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).