Horsham South Structure Plan

A Structure Plan is being developed for Horsham South to ensure that the area develops in a coordinated way. 


About the Horsham South Structure Plan

The Horsham South Structure Plan will set out a long term vision for the area. It will provide a comprehensive guide to planning and growth in the area, drawing on best planning practice for land use and housing diversity, transport and accessibility integration, open space provision and sustainable infrastructure.

Horsham South and Haven is facing specific challenges related to its location, planning context, protection of character defining elements and infrastructure delivery and coordination. Careful consideration and meaningful engagement with the local community is required to address planning and infrastructure challenges and successfully manage the future direction of growth and development.

The outcome of the structure plan will be the implementation of a series of actions to deliver the vision and framework for the growth of Horsham South. These actions will include a planning scheme amendment and capital works proposals.

To create this, we will use the outcomes of the Emerging Options Plan(PDF, 7MB), feedback from the community, as well as advice from an independent planning consultant, Mesh.

Horsham South Structure Plan (Stage 1)

We have previously engaged with the community as part of Stage 1. The outcome of Stage 1 was the development of a Vision Statement, Strategic Directions and an Emerging Options Plan. Two rounds of engagement occurred taking place in November 2019 and September 2020.  This phase of the project was to directly inform the scope of Structure Plan before it is drafted.

The emerging options plan graphically illustrates the planning intent for future urban development of land in Horsham South. It identified the high level direction on future land uses including locations with preferred residential lot sizes, employment land, areas for further investigation (light industrial transition areas), a potential retail hub, major infrastructure considerations, key connections, important local features and open space.

Emerging Option Discussion Paper for Community Engagement March 2020(PDF, 22MB)

What we have previously heard

Key things we heard during the first phase on consultation:

  • Haven is its own distinct community and should not be considered an extension of Horsham township
  • The preference for a diversity of lot sizes and lifestyle blocks
  • The importance of consolidating smaller sized blocks around Haven primary school to ensure growth is sympathetic to existing residential character and maintains amenity local residents value in low density and rural living areas.
  • Consolidation of lots around Haven primary school in order to maximise existing social in fracture and justify future investment in those existing facilities and the provision of new.
  • The structure plan must address land use conflict between industry and residential areas.
  • The need for an alternative truck route to reduce amenity impacts heavy vehicles have on residential areas and local streets.
  • The structure plan must provide improved public transport services and safe cycling and pedestrian connections.
  • The potential for local convenience in Haven close to Haven Primary School.
  • The importance to protect and sensitivity integrate areas of Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity.
  • The structure plan must addresses servicing infrastructure including sewage treatment, roads, open space and community facilities to support future urban growth
  • The environmental and social importance of the Wimmera River and Mackenzie River to the local community and the need to enhance accessibility to these natural assets. 

Emerging Option Community Engagement Summary Report(PDF, 3MB)

Webinar Summary Part 1(PDF, 30MB)

Webinar Summary Part 2(PDF, 10MB)

Outcomes of Stage 1

Emerging Vision


Strategic Directions


Emerging Option Plan

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Horsham South Structure Plan (Stage 2)

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Five key change areas have been identified, highlighted in purple on the plan below. The change areas were defined on the basis of road connections, zoning, land use change potential that consolidates growth in locations that maximises existing infrastructure and areas where existing land use conflicts requires resolving.

The no change areas colour in orange are areas that have established development or are appropriate being use for industry, rural living, farming, constrained due to flooding or are disconnected from main arterial roads that do not allow for more urban development. Stage 2 involves determining how the area can be delivered in response to the community endorsed vision, local character, site opportunities and constraints and key issues and implications derived from background reports.

Currently we are seeking expert input on a variety of matters from biodiversity and drainage to bushfire management and land contamination. This helps us build a strong understanding of the area’s context and plan appropriately.