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Horsham south in the future vision spotlight

By Jessica Grimble

Community feedback will continue to shape the future vision and development of Horsham south. 

Horsham Rural City Council has released the draft Horsham South Structure Plan – Future Urban Structure for public comment. 

The draft plan forms part of the ongoing Horsham South Structure Plan project, which seeks to provide certainty to both industry and the community about how the area between the Wimmera River and Clynes Road, including Haven, will develop and reduce the potential for land use conflicts and amenity issues. 



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A key feature of the draft plan is proposed changes to development capacity – including lot size ranges that would increase development capacity in proximity to Horsham city centre and Haven’s community activity district to ensure optimal use of community facilities and infrastructure. 

Further subdivision would be limited in areas further away to protect rural living opportunities and agricultural use. 

Councillor Ian Ross, at the council’s meeting last week, raised concerns the draft plan did not include the long-discussed plans for an alternate truck route circumnavigating Horsham’s city centre. 

Infrastructure director John Martin said multiple route options were under consideration and while consultants were aware of its development, there was ‘work to do’ before including an alternate truck route into the draft plan. 

“We don’t want a building to go ahead, or out-build where the potential route might go for an alternate truck route – and this has not been included in this plan,” Cr Ross said. 

“As it goes out for public comment, I ask that the people of Horsham speak up if they see that as an issue, so we can get that included.” 

Cr Claudia Haenel said the draft plan offered a ‘great holistic framework’ to guide development, which also considered leisure, recreation and community interaction. 

Cr David Bowe said the draft plan balanced growth with preserving the area’s ‘unique character’. 

Previous rounds of community engagement and technical analysis work formed the draft plan –which is the fourth phase of a six-phase project, in development since 2019. 

The latest consultation phase will help finalise the Horsham South Structure Plan, which will guide future planning scheme amendments and rezonings in the area.

Cr Bob Redden called on people to study the draft plan and put forward their priorities and suggestions. 

Cr Les Power called for ‘concentration’ and seeing progression from planning to reality. 

“We, as a council, though we have done a great job of creating plans and community consultations, I haven’t yet seen something that we’ve started and we’ve finished,” he said. 

“We keep on going to plans. Plans, plans, community consultation, plans, community consultation.  Let’s concentrate. Let’s get one plan done at a time.” 

Councillors voted 5-1 to release the draft plan for public comment, with Cr Ross voting against and Cr Penny Flynn on a leave of absence. 

People can view the draft plan, and provide feedback, at drop-in sessions at Haven on Friday, December 15 from noon to 2pm, and 4pm to 6pm. 

The council met with people at Haven market on Saturday and will host a public webinar today. People can register before noon by phoning 5382 9777 or email strategic.planning@hrcc.vic.gov.au 

They can also view the draft plan at Horsham Civic Centre, in Roberts Avenue, and online via hrcc.vic.gov.au 

The public consultation period closes on February 9.  

The entire December 6, 2023 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!