Horsham South Structure Plan

A Structure Plan is being developed for Horsham South to ensure that the area develops in a coordinated way. The Draft Horsham South Future Urban Structure is now available and provides a 'preview' of the Horsham South Structure Plan.

Horsham South Future Urban Structure (Draft)(PDF, 8MB)


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.


  • The Horsham South Draft Future Urban Structure Plan was out for consultation from 28 November 2023 - 9 February 2024.

  • The Strategic Planning team will review all submissions and feedback received for the Horsham South FUS. A consultation summary report is to be prepared and this will be released mid-March 2024.

 Horsham South Project Timeline

Stage 1 of the Horsham South Structure Plan

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 inform the scope and of Structure Plan and key areas to be addressed before it is drafted. The Strategic Directions are as below.

Strategic Direction 1: Coordinated growth that respects the existing character of the area.

Strategic Direction 2: Appropriate interfaces between land uses.

Strategic Direction 3: Interconnected transport networks that is continuous, safe and efficient.

Strategic Direction 4: Accessible social and community facilities.

Strategic Direction 5: Efficient use of existing and new services (water, sewer and drainage).

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.

Strategic Directions Discussion Paper(PDF, 45MB)

Emerging Options Discussion Paper(PDF, 22MB)

Community Feedback on the Emerging Options Plan

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. 

Emerging Options Plan Community Engagement Summary Report(PDF, 3MB)

Technical Background Reports completed

Expert knowledge was sought on a range of technical matters including analysis of industrial land use, drainage, servicing, land contamination, cultural heritage, traffic and transport and bushfire risk. Together this information has helped inform and test the structure plan.

Future Urban Structure Developed

Drawing on the key findings of the background reports and technical advice, a high level land use draft illustrating the location and indicative amount of land for housing, employment (industrial and retail), transport networks, open space, recreation, servicing infrastructure such as drainage and community facilities. Key agencies were consulted with to ensure the plan accurately reflects their requirements and future directions.

Community feedback will be sought until early February for the finalisation of the Horsham South Structure Plan.

Horsham South Community Consultation Brochure(PDF, 3MB)