Romsey Structure Plan

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About the project

An Issues and Opportunities Paper for Romsey township was completed in late 2018, paving the way for the draft Romsey Structure Plan. Planning officers have since this time been reviewing the project and identifying what information is required to progress the draft plan.

Completion of the project has been made possible by grant funding received from the Victorian Planning Authority through their Streamlining for Growth Program. Romsey is a developing township and current policy supports its growth to a large district town by 2036.

The current strategic plan for Romsey is the Romsey Outline Development Plan. This plan was adopted by Council in 2009, and sets a vision for the town to the year 2021. It was introduced into the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme via Planning Scheme amendment C66 in 2012.

To ensure the vision and land use guidance for Romsey remains relevant to respond to the community needs, Council must plan for Romsey’s future well beyond 2021.

What is the structure plan?

A structure plan is a document which provides a high-level framework for managing land use and development in townships over time.

A structure plan is evidence based, data driven and identifies short, medium, and long-term actions for the delivery of land use and infrastructure projects to meet the needs of the community now and into the future.

A new structure plan in Romsey will provide certainty to community, business, referral authorities and other regulators and stakeholders. 

What you have told us so far

The first step in the Romsey Structure Plan project was the Romsey Issues and Opportunities Paper(PDF, 17MB) completed in December 2018. This work was informed by community and agency consultation throughout 2018.

Building blocks

The request for tender outlined the elements of the Romsey Structure Plan document and the various technical assessments required to inform the Plan, including:

  • Introduction (Regional Context, Vision, Statement of Planning Policy, Community Engagement)
  • Structure Plan 
  • Landscape and natural environment
  • Activities and land use
  • Urban structure and built form
  • Movement, transport and access
  • Community infrastructure and culture
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Implementation

As a complex strategic project, the draft Romsey Structure Plan will be refined via community consultation.

Macedon Ranges Residential Land Demand and Supply Assessment

The Macedon Ranges Residential Land Demand and Supply Assessment(PDF, 7MB) was prepared by Urban Enterprise and Macedon Ranges Shire Council in January 2020.

This assessment looks at the adequacy of the existing residential land supply to meet future demand. The methodology is detailed in the report.

The assessment is an important piece of the puzzle and one of many assessments used to determine how much additional residential land the Romsey Structure Plan will plan for and deliver. 

Project Sequence

  • Consultant induction, project planning and consultation strategy design
  • Emerging Options Paper drafted and released for consultation
  • Draft Romsey Structure Plan drafted and released for consultation 
  • Final Romsey Structure Plan prepared for Council adoption 

Planning Scheme Amendment process commences to implement the Council-adopted Romsey Structure Plan.

Project Team

Council has appointed Plan 2 Place to lead the preparation of the draft Romsey Structure Plan, following the recent completion of a public tender process.

Plan 2 Place assist Council to deliver the following elements of the project:

  • Prepare and consult on an emerging options paper 
  • Prepare and consult on a draft structure plan document
  • Finalise the Romsey Structure Plan for adoption before Council undertakes a planning scheme amendment.

Plan 2 Place and Council will now work closely together to determine the timing of the remainder of the project and map out delivery of the next stages of community consultation. A big focus moving forward will be ensuring the community have input into developing the draft Structure Plan.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the project, contact Strategic Planning on (03) 5422 0333 or email

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Romsey Outline Development Plan

An outline development plan (ODP) (sometimes called a ‘structure plan’) is a town plan to guide growth and development. Substantial public consultation was undertaken in preparing the Romsey ODP.

The Romsey ODP and character study are part of Planning Scheme Amendments C66 and the related Romsey Development Contributions Plan is part of Planning Scheme Amendment C80. All three plans have been approved by the Minister for Planning and now form part of the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme.

Romsey Residential Character Study and Design Guidelines

The Romsey Residential Character Study and Design Guidelines(PDF, 5MB) were approved by the Minister for Planning in October 2012 and are now part of the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme.

The design guidelines ensure that the unique Romsey town character is maintained as it grows.  They are based on a character study and introduce standards including for:

  • the height of dwellings (maximum 7.5 metres with upper level floor areas to be no more than half of ground floor area)
  • setbacks to front boundaries (generally 6–8 metres, depending on the location of the house), side boundaries (1–5m) and rear boundaries (3–15m)
  • total building site coverage (30–50%)
  • fencing forward of a dwelling (maximum height of 1.2 metres with a minimum 50% visual permeability).

If planned works meet the standards, no planning permit is required.

Romsey Development Contributions Plan

It is important that public infrastructure keeps pace with future growth and activity. As public infrastructure is expensive, Council requires developers to pay a levy to help pay their fair share of the costs of planned public infrastructure. 

The Development Contributions Plan for Romsey ensures that developers of residential, commercial and industrial zoned land in Romsey will pay their fair share of the planned public infrastructure in the town. It applies to all new residential, commercial and industrial developments in Romsey and was introduced into the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme as Amendment C80.

View the Romsey Development Contributions Plan - July 2012(PDF, 1MB)

Amendment C96—Bowkett Close, Romsey

Council has prepared a combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application under Section 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. A full panel hearing was held on 6 May 2015 at the Romsey Community Hub. Planning Panels Victoria issued a panel report recommending Council to adopt the amendment and grant the planning permit as exhibited.