Maddingley Planning Study

Project Overview

Maddingley Planning Study Project Overview

Council has commenced the preparation of the Maddingley Planning Study. The aim of the Maddingley Planning Study is to investigate options for non‑sensitive land uses in Maddingley Investigation Areas A and B (see Figure 1 below, orange hatching), identify appropriate buffer tools for land uses with adverse amenity potential (including the Maddingley Waste and Resource Recovery Hub), determine appropriate planning zone and overlay controls for the study area, and identify future infrastructure requirements.

(Note*: ‘Sensitive land uses’ include any land uses which require a particular focus on protecting the beneficial uses of the air environment relating to human health and wellbeing, local amenity and aesthetic enjoyment, for example residential premises, child care centres, pre‑schools, education centres or informal outdoor recreation sites.)

Figure 1: Extract from UGF plan 1, showing the study area for the Maddingley Planning Study outlined in dark blue.


Next Steps

Following this initial consultation phase on the Background Report, which concluded in July 2020, a draft Maddingley Planning Study will be prepared. The draft Maddingley Planning Study will then be reported to Council, with a view to exhibiting the document for broader community consideration.

A planning scheme amendment will ultimately be required to implement the outcomes of the Maddingley Planning Study.

A project timeline summary is included in the page below for your information.


Project Background

The need for the Maddingley Planning Study is identified in the Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth Framework (UGF) which was adopted by Council in September 2018. Moorabool Planning Scheme Amendment C81 which was gazetted on 6 December 2018, resulted in the UGF plan and key objectives and strategies being inserted into local planning policies and the UGF document itself being listed as a reference document.

The Maddingley Planning Study is an important strategic planning project, as it will provide direction for future statutory planning decisions, by recommending an updated suite of planning controls for land within the study area and land within buffers (sometimes referred to as ‘separation distances’) to the Maddingley Waste and Resource Recovery (WRR) Hub.

A key driver for the Maddingley Planning Study is the recognition that the Maddingley WRR Hub is currently within the Special Use Zone 1 - Coal Mining (SUZ1), with the current planning controls failing to acknowledge the role of the site as a State significant WRR hub. The SUZ1 also applies to land beyond the mining licence boundary, which is a cause of concern for affected landowners with no association with the WRR hub.

Background Report and Consultation received by Council

At the 1 July 2020 Ordinary Meeting of Council, Councillors resolved to note the outcome of recent community/stakeholder consultation regarding the Background Report - Maddingley Planning Study and progress with the preparation of the draft Maddingley Planning Study.

Submission period closed

Thankyou for your submissions relating to the Background Report. Council will consider all submissions in the next stage of the project, which involves the preparation of the draft Maddingley Planning Study. 

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  • Background Report
  • Background Report Community and Stakeholder Consultation

    Submissions close on Friday 6 December 2019

  • Draft Maddingly Planning Study

     Early  2021

  • Draft Maddingly Planning Study Community and Stakeholder Consultation
  • Council to consider submissions
  • Finalise the Maddingley Planning Study

    Finalise the Maddingley Planning Study, including preparing an amendment to the Moorabool Planning Scheme

  • Exhibit an amendment

    Exhibit an amendment to the Moorabool Planning Scheme, in accordance with Section 19 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987