What do you think of the draft nature strip policy?

Closing date: 28 February 2019

What do you think of our new draft policy to allow landscaping of nature strips?

Earlier this year, we asked you what you thought, and we've used that information to draft the new draft Nature Strip Landscaping Policy.

The draft policy allows residents to beautify their nature strips in keeping with new Council guidelines.

These will ensure any nature strip treatments do not impede clear viewing lines for pedestrians and road traffic and do not interfere with the provision of essential services such as gas and water within road reserves.

Copies of the draft policy can be viewed online and at Council service centres until 28 February 2019.

The new draft policy acknowledges the impact of climate change and allows for planting of low-maintenance plants which require little water and complement the natural environment.

Residents and property owners will be able to select from a range of low-maintenance, drought-tolerant groundcovers and grasses as an alternative to traditional lawn nature strips.

Benefits of the alternative plants include water conservation, reduced maintenance, increased biodiversity and improved visual impact.

Accompanying guidelines for the draft policy will be developed after consideration of public feedback.

Read the draft policy(PDF, 549KB) and have your say by sending a written submission to PO Box 151, Kyneton, 3444, emailing mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au or filling in our online feedback form.

Council will review all feedback and consider the policy for adoption at its Ordinary Council Meeting on  24 April 2019.