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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

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
Study Area
GARS study area

Project Stages

The project is being undertaken in five stages as shown in the following diagram.

Staging post visioning

Current Status

The first two stages of the project have been completed, being “Stage 1 - Setting the Current Scene” and “Stage 2 – Issues and Opportunities Analysis”.

In March-April 2020, Knox City Council undertook Visioning Consultation as part of Stage 3 of the project. Preliminary stakeholder and public comments were invited on the draft vision and issues/opportunities for the study area. The consultation closed on 22 April 2020 and the submissions are currently being reviewed.

A consultation report will be prepared to guide the formulation of objectives and strategies for each precinct. Once the GARS strategy is developed, it will undergo another round of public consultation prior to finalisation and implementation.

Where can I get more information about GARS?

More information 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. Please note Visioning Consultation has now closed.
  • 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.

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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