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Strategic Planning
Strategic planning focuses on supporting the growth in residential, commercial, industrial and Rural Living development within the municipality, including the preparation of structure plans.

Council’s Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) provides direction for development by outlining the particular characteristics of the Shire and identifies land use planning issues as well as setting out the objectives and strategies.

Current Projects Underway:

Mansfield Planning Scheme Amendment C39


The Mansfield Shire Council has prepared Amendment C39 to the Mansfield Planning Scheme.


The land affected by the amendment is 32 heritage places in the Mansfield and Jamieson townships.


The Amendment proposes to :

-- apply the Heritage Overlay to 32 places within the Mansfield and Jamieson townships which have been identified in the ‘Shire of Mansfield Stage One Heritage Survey (10 June 2015)’ as being of local heritage significance;

-- include the Shire of Mansfield Stage One Heritage Survey (10 June 2015) as a reference document in Clause 21.04 – Heritage and Character;

-- make correction of location name for one existing heritage place (HO35); and

-- clarify the exemption for another heritage place (HO29).


Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make. A submission form is also available from the section on the right under "Download Files".

Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.


The closing date for submissions is 21 July 2017.


Please send your submission to Kathy Richardson, Senior Strategic Planner, via email: strategic.planning@mansfield.vic.gov.au or mail at Private Bag 1000, Mansfield, VIC 3724.


If you have any queries, please ring 5775-8555 and speak to either Victoria Brown or Kathy Richardson from the Strategic Planning Unit.


Mansfield Township Housing Strategy; and
Mansfield Township Approaches Planning Controls and Guidelines Study

(Deadline for your responses for both projects is 30 June 2017)

The Strategic Planning Unit is currently managing two projects focussed on Mansfield Township.  Both projects are being undertaken by Tract Consultants.  The Mansfield Township Housing Strategy seeks to provide greater guidance and certainty for the community in regard to housing development and provision.  This project is being funded by the Victorian Planning Authority.  The second project seeks to ensure better built form and landscape outcomes on private property along the four main approaches into Mansfield Township. This will provide guidance for future development and work towards more welcoming and engaging outcomes.

Community consultation has begun because we are keen to hear from you and get your involvement in making Mansfield a sustainable and beautiful place to live, work and play into the future. 

The presentations from the first community consultation events for both projects are available below.  They provide an opportunity for you to add in your comments.  If you would like to have a say please send in your comments to our Strategic Planning email at strategic.planning@mansfield.vic.gov.au or you may wish to drop a completed response (in the spaces provided on the presentation pages) into the designated Strategic Planning box at the Council office at 33 Highett Street, Mansfield.  


Links to presentation: (These are large files and may take a while to download)

Town Approaches consultation

Housing Strategy consultation

Our email address:


Planning Scheme Amendments On Exhibition

  • Amendment C36 – Domestic Wastewater Management Plan

On Exhibition 20 April to 1 June 2017

If you received a letter from us about Amendment C36 click here to read more

For mapping information details please click here to visit the DELWP website

About the Amendment

The Mansfield Shire Council has prepared Amendment C36 to the Mansfield Planning Scheme.  The amendment will affect all land in the Mansfield Shire within a special water supply catchment listed in Schedule 5 to the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.  It proposes to implement the planning actions of the Mansfield Shire Domestic Wastewater Management Plan 2014 (DWMP) to better manage development that has the potential to affect water quantity and quality in special water supply catchments.

The Shire’s waterways provide a source for recreational pursuits and some supply the drinking water in Mansfield township.  For the ongoing health of these waterways, as our population grows, it is imperative that we maintain high standards for wastewater dispersal and water supply from the land that feeds into them.  There are two existing controls over much of the Shire that currently manage wastewater and water supply issues.  This amendment will incorporate the latest science into revised planning controls to manage these issues.  The amendment proposes to introduce a new local policy at Clause 22.04 and revise the existing Environmental Significance Overlays to apply to high and medium risk areas. 

You may view the relevant documents in the Download Files section located on this page or alternatively you may inspect the documents, free of charge, at the Mansfield Shire Council Offices (Planning Counter).  We are located at 33 Highett Street Mansfield. A Strategic Planner can assist you with any inquiries (Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.30pm) over the counter, or you can contact us at the following:

Kathy Richardson    5775 8512  or  kathy.richardson@mansfield.vic.gov.au

Victoria Brown         5775 8525  or   victoria.brown@mansfield.vic.gov.au

Have Your Say

During the exhibition period you have an opportunity to make a written submission should you have any comments on the amendment.  For your convenience, a submission form is available in the Download Files section or at the Council’s planning counter.  This can be filled in on line or if your software is compatible and sent to the electronic address as stated below or alternatively filled in by hand and attached to a hard copy via email or an electronic copy of your submission.   Alternatively, if your unable to print the submission form, a signed letter will suffice.  Please be sure to clearly mark it as Submission to Amendment C36 and include your contact details.  Please note that all submissions become public documents once received by Council.

Submissions should be addressed to:

Strategic Planning Unit
Mansfield Shire Council
Private Bag 1000
Mansfield  VIC  3724

Or email: strategic.planning@mansfield.vic.gov.au

Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on 1 June 2017
Information Sessions
Community drop in information sessions will be held in Mansfield at the Shire Offices (Saturday 29 April between 10.30am and 12.30pm), Jamieson Memorial Hall (Wednesday 3 May 6.30pm to 8.30pm) and Whitehorse City Council Offices-Waratah Room (Saturday 13 May 10.30am to 12.30pm) to provide an informal opportunity to ask questions with Council planners.