North Sale Development Plan

Mesh planning consultants have been appointed by the Wellington Shire Council to prepare the North Sale Development Plan (DP) and associated Developer Contributions Plan (DCP) for the North Sale Growth Area (NGA).

The requirement for the preparation of the DP is a recommendation of the ‘Sale, Wurruk and Longford Structure Plan’ (the Structure Plan), which was formally adopted by Council in September 2010.


What is the North Sale Development Plan?

DP’s are a useful and important tool for landowners, developers, Council and the community to assist in ensuring that a coordinated approach is taken to planning for new communities within the Shire. With the benefit of assessing an urban  growth area on a more holistic level, DP’s can unlock the potential of a site based on its context and relationship with adjoining land uses rather than creating development through a piecemeal and ad-hoc approach.  As such, when worked through logically, the DP process can ensure a smooth transition to the planning permit and implementation phases. 


What is the Developer Contributions Plan?

 DCP’s are a means of fairly and equitably apportioning the costs associated with the infrastructure required to support the future development of the NGA. The DCP will assist in facilitating:

  • the effective delivery and use of required social and physical infrastructure;
  • promotion of connectivity with adjacent areas;
  • provision of adequate and efficient open spaces;
  • delivery of pedestrian and cycle linkages, and
  • easier access to established or new community and commercial activities and employment.

Together, the DP and DCP will establish a complete framework for the sustainable growth of the NGA and articulate strategies to support growth to 2035. It will also serve to guide urban growth and change in North Sale so as to provide a high level of certainty for investors, business, Council and the community.


The Process

There are three key stages in the preparation of the Development Plan:

  1. Site Analysis:  the site analysis identifies and maps the existing conditions within the Growth Area and is used to inform the draft design response.
  2. Draft Analysis and Design Response Plan:  The draft Analysis and Design Response plan demonstrates a transparent transition from the Site and Context Analysis to the Development Plan itself, in the form of a structural layout.  The draft Analysis and Design Response stage seeks to resolve the location of residential and non-residential land uses and key connections with the benefit of all of the Site and Context Analysis information.
  3. Final Development Plan

Once the DP has been finalised work can commence on the DCP to assess the infrastructure required to facilitate development and growth and the way in which costs can be apportioned in a fair and equitable way across the Growth Area. 


Current Status

At its meeting of 20 September 2016, Council resolved to endorse the draft Analysis and Design Response Plan for general public exhibition.   The draft Analysis and Design Response Plan will be on general public exhibition between Monday 10 October and Monday 21 November 2016 and will be available to view electronically or in hard copy at the Council’s Sale Service Centre, 18 Desailly Street, Sale during office hours.  Written submissions will be accepted up until Monday 21 November 2016 and should be addressed to: Barry Hearsey, Wellington Shire Council, Coordinator Strategic Planning, PO Box 506, SALE,  VIC, 3850.

Alternatively, comments can be provided electronically using the feedback form below.


Next Steps

Upon completion of the general public exhibition, all submissions received will be reviewed and where considered appropriate to do so, used to revise the draft Analysis and Design Response Plan and inform its transition to a final Development Plan.  A final North Sale Development Plan is expected to be presented to Council in early 2017, with further details to be provided.


Further Information

For further information, please refer to the Fact Sheet and Draft Analysis and Design Response Plan in the links below or contact Barry Hearsey (Coordinator Strategic Planning) on 1300 366 244 or


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