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The City of Ballarat is proposing to introduce
development contributions for the Ballarat West
Precinct Structure Plan Area.
Development contributions will ensure the City
of Ballarat can deliver the large amounts of
infrastructure and services needed in Ballarat West.
It will deliver roads, drainage, community facilities
and sporting grounds over the next 30 years.
What is Ballarat West?
The Ballarat West Growth Area is a residential
region to the west of Alfredton and Sebastopol. It
is an area primed for development and will house
a large part of Ballarat’s growing population.
With the Precinct Structure Plan for Ballarat’s
newest suburb, Lucas, approved last year, the
total Ballarat West Growth Area will be home to a
total population of more than 45,000 people and
It is one of the largest Growth Areas in the state
and will be built over the next 30 years.
Why is the City introducing a Development
The contributions are necessary if we want to
continue to grow and promote Ballarat as a great
place to live, work, and invest.
Development levies are common throughout
They ensure the facilities that make communities
great places to live are provided without
disadvantaging other sections of the community.
A levy is not a new impost. Developers already
fund or directly provide infrastructure in their
estates through individual agreements with
What are the benefits of this approach?
A standard levy makes it fairer for all developers
by sharing the costs of expensive items and
It will mean that facilities in Ballarat West are
developed when required, with fewer quality
problems or gaps in important infrastructure.
A levy also ensures there is no unreasonable
impact on existing ratepayers.
How will it affect me?
This will not affect you if you are a resident. The
contribution is paid by developers when they start
developing a new site.
Will the City of Ballarat contribute to the costs
of this infrastructure?
Council will invest around $41 million over the next
30 to 40 years into the Ballarat West Growth Area.
Council has saved developers money by
completing the planning required to ready the
land for development.
What facilities will the levy provide?
The Plan provides for modern good quality
facilities in the Ballarat West Growth Area.
The list includes kindergartens, community
centres, a maternal and child health facility, a
new library, new district sportsgrounds, new
indoor recreation centres, a trunk drainage
scheme to protect homes and the environment,
road upgrades and new major roads within
What happens now?
The Developer Contribution Plan will be
considered by Council in June.
If endorsed by Council, the plan will be referred
to the Planning Minister for approval.
How has Council informed the community
about the levy?
Information sessions about the Developer
Contribution Plan for developers, landowners and
other interested residents and groups were held
Where do I get more information?
More information is available at the City of
Ballarat website, www.ballarat.vic.gov.au; or
contact the City of Ballarat’s Strategic Planning
Unit at 5320 5657 or email BallaratWest@
Building Ballarat West
Building Ballarat West
The Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ)
Master Plan has been finalised, approved by
Ballarat City Council and sent to the Minister for
The Final Master Plan
The Master Plan was finalised following an
extensive community consultation process
including neighbouring residents, businesses and
the Ballarat Environment Network.
During consultation, local residents raised
concerns about the protection from the
operations of industrial areas on the site, traffic
and the preservation of Winter Swamp. Issues
relating to hydrology, heritage and access were
The Final Master Plan is an agreed solution for
these issues and Council is confident it delivers
the best possible outcome for the community.
The Next Steps
The BWEZ Master Plan will be used to progress
to a planning scheme amendment – providing
another opportunity for the community to have its
say on the project.
The first stage of the development is scheduled
for 2015 to 2020.
The Stage One development comprises
approximately 75ha of land and features the
following sectors: general industry (targeting
construction related industry) (35ha), freight
village (20 ha), transport and logistics precinct
(5ha), food processing precinct (10ha), research
and development precinct (3ha), and convenience
retail /business support services (2ha).
Want to know more?
For more information about the BWEZ, visit the
City of Ballarat website, www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
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