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Glenelg Shire Rural Land Strategy

What is it?

The purpose of preparing a Rural Land 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.

Project Background

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.

Progress Update

The draft strategy was on public exhibition between 3 April and 25 May 2018, and a total of 38 submissions were received.
Based on the feedback received Council has chosen to put the strategy on hold, pending the completion of further strategic work to address concerns raised in submissions around rural residential land.

Council is now working on a project to address the issues raised relating to rural residential/living land surrounding Portland. This is to be done prior to Council completing the draft Rural Land Strategy and proceeding with any rezoning identified. This to ensure future land use can be holistically planned for the area.

Further updates will be provided as this project progresses.

How can I be involved?

If you have any questions or would like to keep in touch with the project progress, please contact Council's Planning Unit, by phone 5522 2170 or via email

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