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Knox Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS)

Knox City Council is developing the Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS) to cover areas that are of environmental, recreational, agricultural, rural living and landscape significance to the community.

Current status

Council endorsed the draft Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS) on 25 October 2021 for community consultation.

Public consultation on the draft strategy occurred between 8 November and 23 December 2021.

The feedback received during the public consultation is currently being analysed.

The results will be reported back to Council with a recommendation on final endorsement and implementation of the strategy.

About GARS

The project aims to:

  • gather evidence and develop a better understanding of the values and priorities within these areas
  • provide future objectives and strategic directions
  • identify opportunities to enhance environmental and social values
  • identify compatible land use potential including:
    • public open space and recreation
    • rural living
    • agriculture
    • tourism
    • other compatible rural uses.

Study areas

The area has been divided into 5 precincts based on:

  • location
  • landscape characteristics
  • existing planning controls.

They include:

  • Precinct 1: The Basin Rural Landscape Precinct
  • Precinct 2a: Lysterfield Valley and Hills
  • Precinct 2b: Lysterfield Quarries and Surrounds
  • Precinct 3 and 3a*: Dandenong Creek Valley Precinct
  • Precinct 4: Healesville Freeway Reservation and Surrounds.

* Precinct 3a is an extension of Precinct 3 where objectives and strategies for Precinct 3 extend to this area.

Project stages

The project has 5 stages:

  1. Setting the scene
  2. Issues and opportunities analysis
  3. Visioning (completed March to April 2020)
  4. Strategy development (currently underway)
  5. Implementation and monitoring (if adopted by Council)

More information about GARS

See the following documents:

Need help?

Lodge a request with Strategic Planning and we will get back to you.

Or call our City Futures team on 9298 8000.

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