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On occasion, the Horsham Planning Scheme may be changed to reflect new circumstances or to facilitate improvements to the Planning Scheme. The Minister for Planning, the Council or an applicant may initiate an amendment.

The amendment may involve a change to the Planning Scheme map (such as a change to the Zone of the land or the introduction or removal of an overlay control) or a change to the Planning Scheme ordinance, or both.

Any changes to the Planning Scheme must be strategically justified and must be consistent with the State Planning Policy Framework and Local Planning Policy Framework found within the Horsham Planning Scheme.

Issues to be considered when preparing an Amendment:

  • Is an amendment required?
  • What is the strategic basis for the amendment or proposal?
  • Have the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act 1983 been considered?
  • Does the amendment or proposal support or implement the State Planning Policy Framework and the Local Planning Policy Framework?
  • What consequences will any proposed or necessary changes to the Municipal Strategic Statement or local planning policies have for other aspects of the policy framework?
  • Does the amendment make proper use of the Victoria Planning Provisions?
  • What is the outcome of the amendment or proposal in terms of the planning scheme’s strategic directions, usability and transparency?

(Source: General Practice Note ‘Strategic Assessment Guidelines’ August 2004, Department of Sustainability & Environment)

The process for an Amendment to the Planning Scheme is outlined in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Details of the Planning Scheme Amendment Process are found at the Department of Planning and Community Development website.

By phone: (03) 5382 9798
By facsimile: (03) 5382 1111
By mail: Planning Department - Horsham Rural City Council
PO Box 511 HORSHAM 3402
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In person: Horsham Rural City Council
Civic Offices - 18 Roberts Ave, Horsham
Office hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday



The Horsham Rural City Council has prepared Amendment C64 to the Horsham Planning Scheme.

The land affected by the amendment is land in Horsham, immediately north of the township of Dooen, being the land to be developed for the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal (WIFT) Precinct and surrounding areas.

The amendment proposes to implement the recommendations of the WIFT Precinct Structure Plan, 2012.

The amendment proposes to change the Horsham Planning Scheme in the following ways.

Mapping Changes

  • Amend Planning Scheme Map No 15 to apply the Special Use Zone Schedule 9 to the WIFT Precinct
  • Amend Planning Scheme Map No 15DD to apply the Design and Development Overlay Schedule 11 to the WIFT Precinct
  • Amend Planning Scheme Map No 15DPO to apply the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9 to the WIFT Precinct
  • Insert new Planning Scheme Map No 15ESO7 to apply the Environment Significance overlay Schedule 7 to land in the buffer area surrounding the WIFT Precinct

Ordinance Changes

  • Amends Clause 21.04 to delete outdated reference to the WIFT, to introduce policy and scheme implementation for the WIFT Precinct and include the WIFT Precinct as a reference document
  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 35.07 - Farming Zone to remove redundant controls
  • Inserts Schedule 9 to Clause 37.01 - Special Use Zone to facilitate the use and develpment of the WIFT Precinct for freight, logistics, transport related activities, industry, manufacturing and other related commercial activitities
  • Inserts Schedule 7 to Clause 42.01 - Environmental Significance Overlay to prevent the development of sensitive uses within the buffer area surrounding the WIFT Precinct
  • Inserts Schedule 11 to Clause 42.02 - Design and Development Overlay to ensure the design objectives of the WIFT Precinct Structure Plan are achieved
  • Inserts Schedule 9 to Clause 43.04 - Development Plan Overlay to ensure the development objectives of the WIFTPSP are achieved
  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 61.03 to include Map 15ESO7 as part of the Horsham Planning Scheme

You may inspect the amendment, any documents that support the amendment and the explanatory report about the amendment, free of charge, at Horsham Rural City Council Municipal Offices, 18 Roberts Avenue, Horsham during office hours, or refer to the links to the documents on this web page. 

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 wishes to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions 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 5 June 2017. A submission must be sent to the Horsham Rural City Council, PO Box 511, Horsham 3402.

The planning authority must make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

Peter Brown

Chief Executive Officer

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Horsham C64 Notice of Preparation of an Amendment Exhibition


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