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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


Scheme Amendment

Amendment description

Relevant documents

Amendment C103warr


Warrnambool Planning Scheme Amendment C103warr


The public exhibition period for Amendment C103warr has now closed.


Amendment C103warr has been referred to an independent Planning Panel that has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to consider and hear submissions.


The Amendment seeks to implement the key findings of the Warrnambool Eastern Activity Centre Structure Plan 2016 (Structure Plan).


The Amendment affects land within the Eastern Activity Centre (EAC), land generally from Gateway Road, to Horne Road/Mahoneys Road in the east, and from Dales Road south to the railway corridor. 


The Amendment is proposed to set the policy direction within the Local Planning Policy Framework for the EAC, which includes a vision and implementation strategies for the area.


A Design and Development Overlay is proposed to be applied to existing commercial areas to guide the design and built form of new commercial and office development. 


A Development Plan Overlay is proposed to be applied to residential land on the south side of Raglan Parade (71 and 83 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool) to provide guidance on future subdivision and development outcomes for the land.


The Amendment does not include rezoning at this stage but sets the framework for future rezonings in accordance with the Structure Plan.


Detailed information on Amendment C103warr can be found by following the link at the left.


Details of the independent Planning Panel hearing are:


  • Directions Hearing Scheduled for 7 November 2019; and
  • Panel Hearing Scheduled for 11 and 12 December 2019.


Council will publish all expert witness reports on this page and make them publically available at Council’s office from 4 December 2019.


For further information, please contact Andrew Nield, Strategic Planner on (03) 5559 4800 or by email: planning [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au


Expert witness report - Bernard McNamara

Expert evidence - Brodie Blades SJB Urban

Expert evidence statement - Chris de Silva

Part A submission for Warrnambool C103



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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