A Development Plan is a design tool which illustrates preferred development outcomes and identifies the necessary key infrastructure required to facilitate development of a large area of land in a co-ordinated and integrated manner. It prevents a piecemeal approach to development and avoids poor land use planning outcomes, which can lead to disjointed and underserviced growth.
As a long-established area identified for general residential development in the ‘Sale, Wurruk & Longford Structure Plan (2010)’ and the ‘Longford Development Plan (2015)’ the land subject to the Development Plan Overlay 14 (DPO14) was rezoned with the approval of the Minister for Planning via Planning Scheme Amendment C116 in June 2023 to allow rural residential development to occur. The fundamental principle of rural residential living on the land has therefore been formally established in legislation.
As a requirement of the Wellington Planning Scheme, the Development Plan has been prepared to demonstrate, in detail, how the land can be developed for rural residential living purposes, in accordance with the relevant planning provisions contained in DPO14, and consistent with the endorsed Longford Development Plan (2015).
A well-formulated Development Plan serves as a ‘linking’ tool between the established planning direction and on the ground development outcomes and in doing so, aims to guide Council, development proponents and the community on how this area of Longford should be developed over time.
A copy of the approved Development Plan and all associated documents are available to view below: