Ararat-Halls Gap-Stawell Triangle – Rural Zone Review

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The Ararat – Stawell  - Halls Gap Triangle (‘the Triangle’) is a diverse region characterised  by  a  thriving  agricultural  industry  that  underpins the local economy as well as significant environmental and tourism assets, including the Grampians National Park, Black Range and Lake Fyans.

The boundary between Northern Grampians Shire and Ararat Rural City extends roughly half way through the Triangle in an eastwest direction. The two municipalities each have their own planning schemes, which vary in their approach to controlling rural land use and development.

A zoning review of Ararat- Stawell – Halls Gap Triangle, by planning consultants, Planisphere undertaken across the Ararat and Northern Grampians Boundaries was completed in 2012. The review provided an opportunity to develop a coordinated approach to the rural zones to attract and support rural lifestyle development, agriculture and tourism opportunities in the Grampians region.

Both Ararat (C32) and Northern Grampians(C44) agreed to prepare a joint planning scheme amendment to implement the recommendations of the review.

The Ararat Rural City Council has recently been advised by the Minister of the approval of Amendment C32 to the Ararat Planning Scheme.

The amendment implements the key findings of the Ararat-Stawell-Halls Gap Triangle Rural Zone Review 2012, and is available for inspection at Ararat Rural City Municipal offices or via the link below:

The amendment will implement the strategic vision for the tourism, agricultural and rural residential development of the Triangle and provide for a consistent approach to the application of rural zones.

If you have any queries regarding this matter please contact Joel Hastings from the Ararat Rural City Council by e-mail jhastings@ararat.vic.gov.au or telephone 5252 0222.