Baw Baw Shire Council has officially adopted the Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework, marking a significant milestone in the region’s strategic planning and development.
The Council says the plan’s adoption follows a robust community consultation process, reflecting the aspirations of Yarragon’s residents for sustainable growth and the preservation of the town’s unique character.
The Township Plan provides a strategic vision for Yarragon, setting out actionable strategies to guide development over the coming decades, while the Urban Design Framework offers detailed design and public realm guidelines to enhance the town centre, including its commercial and industrial areas.
Highlights of the adopted plan include:
- A vision for Yarragon that prioritizes natural environment protection, community heritage, and a diverse economy;
- Six strategic objectives to ensure growth that is respectful, community-focused, and resilient;
- A dedicated Urban Design Framework addressing town centre enhancements, infrastructure improvement, and landscape integration;
- Consideration of community feedback obtained through extensive consultation across multiple phases, including drop-in sessions, public markets, and digital platforms.
In a statement, the Council said it has responsibly planned for the implementation of the recommendations within the framework, with a budget allocation of $120,000 for the Plan and an additional $10,000 for the Urban Design Framework.
Environmental stewardship is at the forefront of the initiative, with further work identified to support the Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2022 and undertake updated flood modelling and drainage strategies, said Mayor, Annemarie McCabe.
“The Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework represent more than just a blueprint for development; they embody our community’s aspirations for a future that honours our heritage while embracing growth,” she said.
“They balance development needs with environmental conservation and community values. As we look to the years ahead, these comprehensive frameworks will ensure that Yarragon remains a vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and visit.”
For further information and to view the adopted Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework, visit www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/YarragonTownshipPlan.