Land Development Strategy

Council is currently preparing a Land Development Strategy (LDS) for the Alpine Shire, and undertaking a review of the Alpine Planning Scheme.


The Alpine Shire Land Development Strategy (LDS) aims to determine the future urban growth directions for the Shire. A major goal of this strategy is to understand the future demand for residential, commercial, and industrial land, to provide evidence and support for future rezoning and amendments to the Alpine Planning Scheme. Some rural land might also be affected, but the LDS is not intended to replace or supersede the existing Rural Land Use Strategy, adopted in 2015.

Why do we need a Land Development Strategy?

The final Strategy will contain recommendations for planning policy amendments. To determine the recommendations, a wide range of information will be collected and analysed, including physical constraints to development such as bushfire and flood risk.

The LDS will contain a range of principles about how land and development will be managed in urban places across the Alpine Shire, with a focus on community resilience and wellbeing. 

This work is essential so that current and future residents, workers, businesses and investors have a clear understanding of Council’s expectations and plans for urban places across the Shire.


The project is broken into four key phases:

1. Background data collection and analysis

  • Population, housing and employment trends
  • Environmental values/hazards
  • Landscape and urban character review
  • Infrastructure capacity
  • Transport and accessibility 
  • Key trends happening across the region/Victoria that might affect planning in the Alpine Shire

2. Supply and demand analysis for housing, commercial and industrial land 

3. Deliberative community engagement about the background analysis, and emerging options 

4. Prepare draft Land Development Strategy for public exhibition

The project will run from March 2021 until late 2022.

How you can be involved

Currently Council is working through Phases 1 and 2.  However, alongside the community engagement carried out during the development of our Community Vision 2040 and Council Plan 2021-2025 you shared views on future development across the Shire. This information will be worked into Phase 3. 

Council will carry out further engagement with the community once Phases 1 and 2 are complete.  We will keep the community up-to-date on where, when and how they can get involved in helping Council get this important strategy right. 

Key points for community feedback are:

  • At the start of the project (March 2021), alongside community engagement for the Community Vision and Council Plan 
  • After Stage 2, when data analysis is complete and the key directions of the Strategy are being considered
  • During Stage 4, when the draft Strategy is ready for feedback prior to it being finalised and adopted by Council. 

What happens next

This site will be updated with future community engagement opportunities once planning has been finalised.

Check back to this page and stay-up-to-date on Council’s Facebook page for future opportunities to be involved!

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