Romsey Structure Plan
Romsey is a developing township and is planned to grow to a large district town by 2036. A structure plan is being developed to help guide and manage the sustainable development of the town.
A structure plan is required to provide direction to manage sustainable development of the township. It will define Romsey’s unique character, facilitate orderly growth, enliven the town centre, strengthen the local economy, protect its environmental qualities and build community resilience.
A new structure plan for Romsey will set a vision for the town and provide certainty to landowners, community, business, referral authorities and other regulators and stakeholders.
Draft Structure Plan
The draft Romsey Structure Plan consultation provides an opportunity for community members and stakeholders to influence the plan and how the area will develop.
Submissions closed at 5pm on Monday 25 September 2023.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the drop-in sessions, workshop and provided feedback via the survey and/or made a submission.
The following information outlines the previous consultation and Council meeting decisions in the lead up to the release of the draft plan (see above).
Council Meeting - 26 July 2023
A report is going to Council for consideration at the Scheduled Council Meeting on Wednesday 26 July 2023.
This report recommends endorsement of the draft Romsey Structure Plan for community consultation.
The draft Romsey Structure Plan document represents a project milestone which began back in 2018 and incorporates the invaluable feedback received through the community consultation processes associated with the Romsey Issues and Opportunities Paper (2019) and Romsey Structure Plan Emerging Options Paper (2021).
The Council report and draft Romsey Structure Plan are now available.
Whilst Council Meetings are open to the public, there is limited seating available. You can watch the Council Meeting via the livestream. The meeting will be recorded and streamed live on the internet in accordance with Council's Live Streaming and Publishing Recording of Meetings Protocol. The recording will be made available on Council's website within 48 hours after the meeting.
To find out more about how meetings are conducted, how you can watch them and public question time, visit About Council Meetings.
Development Plan application at 2598 Melbourne-Lancefield Road (DP/2022/4)
The review by the applicant at the Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) regarding the Development Plan application for the Romsey South Business Park at 2598 Melbourne-Lancefield Road has been withdrawn and no hearing will occur in relation to this matter. Council is expecting to hear further from the applicant about how they wish to proceed with the development plan application following the release of the draft Romsey Structure Plan for consultation.
Supreme Court action against Council
This matter is still before the court. While the matter is before the court, it is not appropriate to provide a running commentary on the case.
Community update - April 2023
Whilst we are a little behind schedule, work has progressed on the Romsey Structure Plan Project to move towards the next stage of the project – the draft structure plan.
Work by Plan 2 Place has included a review of feedback from past community consultations, liaising with external stakeholders and additional technical work.
At this stage, a date has not been set on the next round of community consultation, but is expected to occur later this year. Council will continue to provide updates on the progress.
2021 Census update
The 2021 census data has been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and a summary of this snapshot(PDF, 1MB) has been prepared by Plan 2 Place for the Romsey Township.
Further census data can be found at Population profile and more regional specific information on the Macedon Ranges Shire community profile on the .Id Community.
Development Plan application at 2598 Melbourne-Lancefield Road (DP/2022/4)
An application for the approval of a development plan was lodged with Council for land at 2598 Melbourne-Lancefield Road, Romsey (corner Greens Lane). The application was lodged on 17 August 2022.
The subject land was rezoned Commercial 2 Zone and Industrial 1 Zone in October 2012 as part of Amendment C066 which implemented the 2009 Romsey Outline Development Plan. The Development Plan Overlay Schedule 13 – Romsey South Business/Industrial Park was also placed on the land at this time. Council must consider any application lodged. In the case of this development plan application, officers had been in discussions with the applicant about how to progress this application in light of the Romsey Structure Plan process.
The Development Plan shows capacity for:
- a site for a fuel station
- a site for a swim school
- a site for trade supplies
- a number of restricted retail sites (such as large format furniture and electrical retail, equestrian supplies and party supplies)
- a number of tourism/hospitality sites.
Recently the applicant decided to lodge a review with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) against Council’s failure to make a decision within a reasonable time, which is 28 days from lodgement.
A practice day hearing has been set for 21 April 2023 and at this stage a fast track hearing scheduled in July 2023.
Council has now requested further information from the applicant.
Updates on the proceedings related to application DP/2022/4 will be provided on the following project page when available; and you can sign-up to receive emails updates: Romsey South Business Park.
Supreme Court Action against Council
A landowner has initiated proceedings in the Supreme Court against Council, claiming that the Council has made legal errors in the way that it is dealing with the review of the Romsey Structure Plan. Council does not agree that it has made any errors and are confident that we have not. While the matter is before the court, it is not be appropriate to give a running commentary on the case and it is at an early stage still.
Council Resolution - October 2022
At the Scheduled Council Meeting on Wednesday 28 September 2022, the Romsey Emerging Options Paper Consultation Summary Report was considered by Council. This report includes a summary of key themes, submissions, officer response and further actions to progress work on the draft of the Romsey Structure Plan.
At the meeting it was resolved that Council:
- Endorses the Romsey Emerging Options Paper Consultation Summary Report and contained actions to continue work on the draft Romsey Structure Plan;
- Notifies submitters and project subscribers of Council’s decision; and
- Continues quarterly project updates to submitters and project subscribers.
The Agenda and Minutes are available to view for the 28 September 2022 Scheduled Council Meeting.
The Romsey Emerging Options Paper Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 2MB) is now available.
Council officers along with the project team have started to progress the actions listed in the Emerging Options Paper Consultation Summary Report that will inform the development of the draft Structure Plan. Further updates will be issued as this work progresses.
Council Meeting Notification - September 2022
A report is going to Council for consideration at the Scheduled Council Meeting on Wednesday 28 September 2022.
This report requests endorsement of the Romsey Emerging Options Paper Consultation Summary Report that addresses themes raised during the 2022 Emerging Options Paper community consultation process, officer responses to these and the actions for further work that will inform the development of the draft Romsey Structure Plan.
Council is seeking to complete this additional work and to enable the next phase of community consultation on the draft Romsey Structure Plan which is expected in early 2023.
Following community consultation on the draft Structure Plan, Council will consider the adoption of the Romsey Structure Plan and the preparation of a planning scheme amendment to implement the Romsey Structure Plan.
The Romsey Emerging Options Paper Community Consultation Summary Report is now available to view as an attachment to the agenda.
Whilst Council Meetings are now back open to the public, there remains limited public seating in the public gallery to meet social distancing guidelines.
Members of the public are encouraged to view the Council Meeting via the livestream. The Council Meeting will be recorded and streamed live on the internet in accordance with Council's Live Streaming and Publishing Recording of Meetings Protocol. The recording will be made available on Council's website within 48 hours after the meeting.
Members of the public may ask a question about any Council matter during public question time. These are endeavoured to be answered during the Council Meeting. If you wish to submit a question to Council regarding the Romsey Structure Plan process or any other matter, you must do so by 5pm on Tuesday 27 September 2022.
If you would like to be notified of the outcome, please register for updates.
Previous Consultation in 2022
Council completed community consultation on the Romsey Emerging Options Paper in 2022.
Participants in community consultation activities run between February and April delivered valuable feedback in person and from surveys and submissions to help to shape the draft Romsey Structure Plan.
On 8 March 2022, we held an online webinar with a Q and A session with over 70 people in attendance.
Many questions were raised with Council and its consultants during the session. We have created a frequently asked questions document to answer your questions from this session.
Council wishes to thank all residents, businesses and landowners for your genuine interest and involvement in the project.
Submissions and survey results from consultation in 2022
The project team has now reviewed all submissions and survey results received.
Council received 58 submissions to the project, along with 417 survey responses in both hard copy and online form.
Minutes from the community-led meeting attended by Council representatives have also been included as a submission. This is all vital feedback for the project team.
Submissions have highlighted the key themes that the community has raised. Council officers are now in the process of preparing a Romsey Emerging Options Paper Consultation Report.
Redacted copies of surveys and submissions are available to the public.
View the submissions(PDF, 121MB)
View the survey results(PDF, 21MB)
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