Future planned for Barwon Heads

The City of Greater Geelong’s Administrators have endorsed the Barwon Heads Structure Plan after more than a year of community consultation, which included input from more than 1000 residents.
The preparation of the structure plan included a rigorous residential and landscape character assessment, which looked at a range of factors and considered Barwon Heads’ unique coastal character and design.
Under the adopted plan, the existing western settlement boundary, located near the internationally recognised Ramsar Wetlands, will not be extended.
“The structure plan has been shaped by significant feedback
The structure plan will include zoning and overlay changes to protect the unique character of Barwon Heads.
In developing the plan, factors considered included changing demographics, development pressures, housing diversity, residential character, climate change, flooding, transport and infrastructure.
The City will ask the Minister for Planning to immediately intervene to protect native Moonah trees in Warrenbeen Court.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment further when a planning scheme amendment is exhibited to incorporate the necessary parts of the structure plan into the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.
“The structure plan has been shaped by significant involvement from the community,” City administrator chair Dr Kathy Alexander said.
“It takes into consideration the overwhelming feedback received from residents about protecting the unique coastal design, atmosphere and environment of Barwon Heads.”
The structure plan can be seen at www.geelongaustralia.com.au