What is it?
The purpose of preparing a Rural Land Use Strategy is to identify and address existing and emerging rural land use issues.
The proposed strategy will help Council make decisions on rural land use conflicts based on best practice land use, environmental and risk management planning.
The first round of consultation was undertaken in June 2015. Following on from the meetings of June 2015, Council’s consultant has taken comments on board and completed the technical (background) assessment of the rural land in the Shire. Since this consultation session in June 2015, Council have also expanded the project to include preparation of the strategy itself. During this period the consultant has also added to the information in the technical assessment to cover areas surrounding Portland that were not previously considered.
Further consultation was undertaken in July 2016. Public meetings were held in Nelson, Dartmoor, Casterton, Cape Bridgewater Heywood and Portland. The focus of these sessions was to identify local issues relevant to the rural areas for consideration in the strategy.
The strategy will guide future land use provisions for the rural areas of the Shire and will therefore affect a range of land use and development opportunities in these areas.
The project is on hold pending a review of the Rural Living Assessment.
How can I be involved?
If you would like to discuss or ask questions about the project, please contact the Project Coordinator, shown to the right under 'Who's Listening?'.