Plans for growth and development in Woodend, Kyneton and Riddells Creek have been given the green light by the state government.
The town structure plans will now be included in the Macedon Ranges Planning Scheme to protect the towns’ unique characteristics and guide future land use until 2036.
In line with new statewide guidelines, the town plans rezone most General Residential Zone land to Neighbourhood Residential Zone, meaning the height of new houses must not exceed nine metres.
The plans introduce policies for residential areas in each town, including design requirements to ensure new development fits in with local neighbourhoods.
Design guidance for new development in Woodend and Riddells Creek commercial centres to protect views, local character and improve connectivity has also been put in place.
North-east of the current Riddells Creek township, land has been rezoned to facilitate the town’s future growth. An area south of the railway line has been marked for future investigation.
Land in central Riddells Creek has been rezoned to facilitate a health, education and community precinct.
A small area in central Kyneton has been rezoned for commercial use.
These plans had been in the works for more than four years and the council sought community input.
This process is separate from the Kyneton South Draft Plan. Council is currently considering feedback on the plan.