Landscape Assessment Studies
The department is undertaking six landscape assessment studies covering large parts of regional Victoria. The studies appraise the visual character and significance of landscapes in non-urban parts of the study areas.
The six Landscape Assessment Studies will complement existing landscape assessment studies to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the visual character and significance of landscapes across regional areas.
The studies will support the delivery of the Central Highlands, Hume, Loddon Mallee North, Loddon Mallee South and Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Growth Plans which provide broad direction for land use across regional Victoria. They may be used to introduce or improve local planning provisions that seek to preserve and enhance landscape character.
GHD and Planisphere have been engaged to prepare these studies.
On this page:
- Next steps
- Community newsletters
- Information on the landscape assessment studies (general information and links to the individual studies)
- Contact us
The community consultation phases of the studies have been completed and we are now considering all feedback received relating to the draft landscape character type papers and draft landscape significance and view papers. The studies will be completed by the end of June 2015 and final products will become available on this website once finalised by the department.
You are welcome to sign up to our e-mail mailing list to be informed of when the final products become available.
Stay up-to-date on the project through our community newsletters. Note that all current and previous newsletters can be found under each landscape assessment study area page.
- Lower Murray Community Newsletter 2 - March 2015 (PDF, 925.0 KB, 3 pp.)
- Western Victoria Community Newsletter 2 - March 2015 (PDF, 762.3 KB, 3 pp.)
- Central Victoria Community Newsletter 2 - March 2015 (PDF, 645.5 KB, 3 pp.)
- Central Murray and Goulburn Valley Community Newsletter 2 - March 2015 (PDF, 566.1 KB, 3 pp.)
- Lower Hume and High Country Community Newsletter 2 - March 2015 (PDF, 786.1 KB, 3 pp.)
- Upper Murray Community Newsletter 2 - March 2015 (PDF, 1.0 MB, 3 pp.)
Information on the Landscape Assessment Studies
See below for general information on the studies including Aims, Approach and Key Stages. Alternatively, choose a study area from the map, or click on the links below, for information on each individual landscape assessment study:
Aims of the study
The studies focus on non-urban areas and will map and assess existing distinctive elements, features, character, visual quality and extent of the landscape, as well as their value and importance to regions.
The outcomes of these studies will ultimately help to inform planning scheme policy and assist with planning decision making by identifying landscapes of importance and broadly considering measures to adequately protect and manage these landscapes in the future.
The studies will:
- define and describe landscape character and significance
- determine which places, features and views are most significant and why
- seek and include the community's input on the value, character and significance of the landscape
- assess and evaluate various forms of development that have occurred in the landscape, both positive and negative, to inform potential landscape management responses
- consider using policies and guidance in local planning schemes to broadly recommend ways to protect and manage the landscape into the future.
The landscape assessment studies will follow the approach used by the award winning South-West Victoria Landscape Assessment study. Extensive field survey work, analysis, mapping and consultation will be used to assess distinctive landscape character types and determine their value and importance across each study area.
The project will be conducted over three phases and is scheduled for completion by June 2015.
|Phase 1||Project establishment |
(including detailed project planning and initial research)
|October - November 2014|
|Phase 2||Analysis and assessment |
(including desktop analysis, field work, community consultation,
draft findings on character types and significance)
|November 2014 - April 2015|
|Phase 3 |
|Project completion |
(including finalising recommendations and assessment reports)
|April 2015 - June 2015|
Previous landscape assessment studies
These studies build on the work of previous landscape studies including:
- South-West Landscape Assessment Study, 2013
- Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study, 2006
- Southern Grampians Significant Landscape Assessment
You can provide feedback and receive information about the project by contacting us at:
Victorian Government Contact Centre on 1 300 366 356
Accessibility of documents
Some of the documents on the landscape assessment study pages are presented in PDF format. If you have difficulty in accessing any of these documents please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org