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The strategies

The City of Greater Bendigo is Victoria's second largest regional municipality. It will need to accommodate around 87,000 new residents by 2056.

To make sure we can accommodate this growth, the City has prepared a Managed Growth Strategy which sets out a framework for how a long term supply of housing will be delivered and a Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy which provides detail about where the growth should be accommodated.

We developed these strategies based on extensive consultation through the Imagine Greater Bendigo project in 2021 and the Managed Growth Issues and Opportunities Paper in 2022. We worked with key agencies in 2023. Now we would like your thoughts on the draft strategies to help us finalise them.

Short summary of the strategies

Read our frequently asked questions that summarise what the strategies do and what it means for you.

Find out how this affects you

This search will show all properties considered through the draft Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Overlay and Significant Landscape Overlay review.

It does not include the following areas:

  • Properties within the Bendigo City Centre which will be the subject of a separate upcoming planning scheme amendment
  • Huntly as this area will be considered through the Structure Planning process currently underway
  • Marong as planning scheme controls are being applied through Amendment C263gben to implement the Marong Township Structure Plan
  • Rural areas or rural townships outside of Axedale, Heathcote and Elmore. The City has recently commenced a Rural Areas Strategy which will consider these areas

Information sessions

Meet with one of our strategic planners. We can help you better understand the project and answer any questions you have. We can explain the changes proposed for your property or area. Click on the information session that suits you and follow the prompts to book.


Share your feedback about the Draft Managed Growth Strategy and Draft Housing and Neighborhood Character Strategy.

Project updates

Timeline and next steps

We will present a report to Council which considers the feedback received during the consultation process. Council will then decide whether to adopt the Managed Growth Strategy and Housing and Neighbourhood Character Strategy.

If Council adopts these strategies a recommendation will be made to progress a planning scheme amendment to implement the zone and overlay changes. This would be subject to a separate public exhibition process.

We will publish news updates on this page with a summary of feedback received and let you know what Council decides.

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Background Research

    July - August 2021

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Issues and Opportunities Paper

    September 2021 - January 2022

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Consultation Issues and Opportunities Paper

    February 2022

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Draft Managed Growth Strategy

    2023 -2024

  • Timeline item 5 - active

    Consultation Draft Managed Growth Strategy

    May 28 - July 12, 2024

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Final Managed Growth Strategy presented to Council for adoption

    August 2024

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Bridget Maplestone
Phone 1300 002 642

Phone: 1300 002 642

National Relay Service: 133 677 (then quote 1300 002 642)