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Proposed planning scheme amendment GC121 – Geelong and Warrnambool Line Upgrades

An amendment to the Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne and Warrnambool planning schemes is proposed to facilitate the delivery of the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades.

The Planning Scheme Amendment will allow the use and development of land in these local government areas to enable project works.

The Geelong Line Upgrade will lead to improved train services, with a second platform, new track and pedestrian overpass at Waurn Ponds Station. These works will create enough space for trains to pass, allowing more Geelong services to be extended to and from Waurn Ponds and helping to improve service reliability.

The Warrnambool Line Upgrade will deliver more frequent and reliable train services, helping pave the way for VLocity trains to run to Warrnambool for the first time. The project includes building a new crossing loop, signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool, level crossing upgrades and new train stabling facilities.

You can view the draft Planning Scheme Amendment GC121 and accompanying material here. Please note: the draft changes to the existing PSA clauses include tracked changes to show the proposed changes to the existing clauses:

Have your say

The draft Planning Scheme Amendment is available for public comment and feedback.

You can provide your feedback by completing an online survey. Depending on how much feedback you would like to offer, this survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

A summary of any feedback received will be provided to the Minister for Planning.

Following this period of consultation, RPV intends to request that the Minister for Planning consider preparing, approving and adopting a planning scheme amendment to facilitate the project under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Planning scheme amendments approved under section 20(4) are exempt from the notice and exhibition requirements of sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Act, meaning there would be no further opportunity to make a submission or be heard by an independent panel in relation to the amendment.