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Planning Scheme Amendments

The Warrnambool Planning Scheme controls land use and development within the municipality. It contains State and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed.

The planning scheme indicates if a planning permit is required to change the use of land, or to construct a building or make other changes to the land.

A copy of the planning scheme is on display at the Warrnambool Civic Centre during business hours or, can be accessed on line at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's Planning Schemes Online website.

What is a Planning Scheme Amendment?

Sometimes the Warrnambool Planning Scheme needs to be changed to reflect new circumstances. Changes to the scheme are known as amendments and the process for an amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. An amendment may involve a change to a planning scheme map (often a rezoning) or a change to the ordinance or written part of the scheme or both.

Current amendments

Planning Scheme Amendment  Amendment description
Amendment C78

Review of Warrnambool flood controls

To ensure we have accurate and up-to-date information, Warrnambool City Council and the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority reviewed flood risk levels within the Russells Creek and Merri River catchments.

The review revealed there is generally less land identified as potentially at risk during a high hazard flood event than previously thought.

However, in some instances the flood risks are higher than previously thought. This includes a number of properties within the Russell’s Creek corridor to the east of Queens Road that would be at risk of inundation during a 1-in-100-year storm event.

Council exhibited an amendment include the new flood information in the Warrnambool Planning Scheme (Amendment C78). Letters were sent to all land owners (and occupiers) affected by the amendment.

The amendment attracted 30 submissions. The majority of the submissions expressed concern about the amendment or requested changes.

Amendment C78 consists of two parts:

C78 Part 1 (adopted 4 May 2015) implements flood controls on land that did not attract a submission. The amendment was approved by Minister for Planning on 21 January 2016, and has now been completed.  Please follow the link at the left to the approved documents. 

C78 Part 2 includes land in South Warrnambool, the Russells Creek corridor and other sites where submissions were received. C78 Part 2 will be referred to an independent Panel for further consideration following the completion of mitigation works and remodelling of flood levels within the Russell Creek floodplain.

For further information please contact Julie Glass on telephone (03) 5559 4836, or by email jglass [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

Amendment C102

Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C102

Amendment C102 proposes to rezone 678-688 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool (former CFA fire station site) from a Public Use Zone 1 to a Mixed Use Zone. It is also proposed to apply the Environmental Audit Overlay to the site. 

Detailed information on Amendment C102 can be found by following the link at the left.

Amendment C102 was publically exhibited between 8 June and 10 July 2017.

Following the exhibition period, one (1) submission was received. On 2 October 2017, Council resolved to seek the appointment of a Panel to consider the Amendment and the submission made in response to it.

The Panel hearing was held on Friday 1 December 2017. The Panel report is available to view here.

The Panel has recommended that Council adopt the amendment as exhibited.  A report will be presented to Council in early 2018.

For further information, please contact Andrew Nield on telephone (03) 5559 4486, or by email anield [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

Exhibition of Amendments

Amendments are generally on exhibition for one month, notice of when an amendment is on exhibition appears in the Warrnambool Standard generally on a Wednesday and Saturday.

Anyone can view the amendment when on exhibition at Council’s Civic Centre located at 25 Liebig Street, Warrnambool.

Having your say

If you are affected by a planning scheme amendment, you can influence what is proposed and what gets approve. Anyone can inspect the amendment and make a submission if they have concerns about it.

Submissions must be in writing to Warrnambool City Council, PO Box 198, Warrnambool, VIC, 3280 and received by the last day of exhibition.


For all enquiries regarding planning scheme amendments, including rezonings, please contact our City Strategy and Development Team:

By phone
(03) 5559 4800

By mail
City Strategy and Development
Warrnambool City Council
PO Box 198 Warrnambool VIC 3280

By email
planning [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

In person
Warrnambool Civic Centre
25 Liebig Street,
Warrnambool Office hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

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