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Knox Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS)

What is GARS?

Knox City Council is preparing the Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS) for selected precincts in Knox that are of environmental, recreational, agricultural, rural living and landscape significance to the community. The project seeks to gather an evidence base and develop a better understanding of the values and priorities within these precincts.

Once completed, the GARS project is expected to provide future objectives and strategic directions to protect and enhance the environmental and social values of these precincts, while realising compatible land use potential (such as tourism, recreational and agriculture potential). The project also seeks to ensure that the planning framework adequately reflects these values and opportunities.

GARS Precinct 1
Image 1: View from The Basin

The study area is indicated on the map below. It has been divided into the following five precincts based on location, landscape characteristics and existing planning controls:

  • Precinct 1: The Basin Rural Landscape Precinct
  • Precinct 2a: Lysterfield Valley and Hills
  • Precinct 2b: Lysterfield Quarries and Surrounds
  • Precinct 3: Dandenong Creek Valley Precinct
  • Precinct 4: Healesville Freeway Reservation and Surrounds
GARS study area map
Image 2: Map of the GARS Precincts

Where can I get more information about GARS?

To find out if your property is within or near the study area, visit the interactive map and read the summary of key opportunities for each precinct in the form of an online survey where you can provide your feedback and comments.

More information about this project is available in the following documents:

  • The GARS Visioning Brochure provides a brief summary of key draft issues and opportunities and a draft vision statement for each precinct.
  • Stage 1 - Setting the Scene Report is a background report which reviews the existing policy and planning context, and outlines an analysis of the existing conditions in each of the five precincts.
  • Stage 2 - Draft Issues and Opportunities Report is the main technical background report which provides a comprehensive analysis of issues and opportunities for the study area and recommendations for the overall direction of this project. This report has been informed by expert advice from consultants in the fields of biodiversity, agriculture, landscape, economy and heritage.

Hard copies of the above documents are available for inspection at:

Knox Council Civic Centre, Customer Service Building and Planning Counter
511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South VIC 3152
Weekdays 8:30am to 5pm

Current Status

Knox City Council is currently undertaking Visioning Consultation to inform the project. Preliminary stakeholder and public comments are invited on the draft vision and issues and opportunities for the study area. The consultation will close on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

How to make a submission

Start online survey An online survey has been set up for each precinct.

Or send a written submission marked ‘Knox Green Areas and Rural Strategy’ by email to, or write to:

City Futures, Knox City Council (no stamp required)
Reply Paid 70243
Wantirna South VIC 3152

What happens after public submissions close?

The project is being undertaken in five stages as shown in the following diagram. The first two stages of the project have been completed, being “Stage 1 - Setting the Current Scene” and “Stage 2 – Issues and Opportunities Analysis”.

GARS stages

The Visioning Consultation (current stage) will guide the formulation of objectives and strategies for each precinct. Once the full GARS strategy is developed, it will undergo another round of public consultation prior to finalisation and implementation.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the City Futures Department via email or phone 9298 8000.

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