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FINAL CAD Strategy  

Council has approved the Central Activity District (CAD) Strategy. The CAD focuses on the core retail and commercial centre of the city. Read the Media Release here. The Horsham CAD provides shopping, entertainment, business, civic and community services to Horsham and the wider Wimmera region. This region contains a resident population of approximately 51,000 residents in Horsham Rural City Council and the shires of Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack. The Horsham CAD has an important role in providing services and jobs for the regional population, and this is reflected in the strategic policy commitments contained in the Horsham Planning Scheme. While the CAD appears to be performing a strong regional role at present, a number of key development sites are located in the centre which, if developed appropriately, could contribute to the further vibrancy of the CAD.

Planning relates to the use and development of land under the provisions of the Horsham Planning Scheme.

The Horsham Planning Scheme (HPS) comprises of state and local policies and guidelines, together with a series of zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used. The HPS also determines if a planning permit is required to change the use of the land, or to construct a building, carry out works or make other changes to the land.
In most instances, buildings and works in the municipality must be approved by Council through the Planning Permit Application Process.

A full copy of the Horsham Planning Scheme and Zone and Overlay maps can be viewed:

Council is required to assess each planning application in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Horsham Planning Scheme and any other relevant legislation and policies.

Town Planning provides general advice and guidance on the following:

  • General planning issues.
  • Issuing of Planning Certificates.
  • Multi unit development.
  • New residential and commercial developments.
  • Design of alterations and additions.
  • Environment and heritage protection.
  • Flood controls.
  • Change of use.
  • Business signage.
  • Liquor licensing matters.
  • Planning enforcement.
  • Subdivision.
  • Horsham Planning Scheme and amendments.
  • Current planning permit applications.

For general queries about the Horsham Planning Scheme, general planning queries or to check if a permit is required contact the Planning Department.

P (03) 5382 9798

F (03) 5382 1111

Mail:Planning Department - Horsham Rural City Council

PO Box 511, HORSHAM 3402

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In person: Horsham Rural City Council

Civic Offices, 18 Roberts Ave, Horsham
Office hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday - Friday

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