Overlays, whats not to love…
Ballarat East as one of the older suburbs in Ballarat is impacted by many Overlays and local government strategies which impact on what you can build where, such as the:
- Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) the purpose of which is to protect areas of significant vegetation, to ensure development minimises loss of vegetation as well to maintain and enhance habitat corridors,
- Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) which is in place to identify areas where the development of land may be affected by environmental constraints and to ensure development is compatible with identified environmental values,
- Heritage Overlay which is in place to conserve and enhance heritage places of natural and cultural significance and to ensure development does not adversely affect the significance of heritage places,
- the Ballarat Open Space Strategy (BOSS) states that “Environmental values are very important in this precinct” and “this precinct should be protected and enhanced”,
- the Municipal Strategic Statement outlines the LINCS Strategy 1995, a vision of “green spokes radiating out from the urban hub of Ballarat: a network of linear parks along our waterways, roadsides and former rail lines to provide recreational opportunities and important corridors for wildlife and to link public reserves and open space”.
Overlays apply to land that has particular features such as heritage value, environmental significance or the need for protection of valuable vegetation. Some land might have a Bushfire Management Overlay. Not all land has an overlay and some land is affected by more than one overlay.
Planning Maps are available online at Planning Maps Online
A specific address can be searched for and maps can be customised by selecting from a number of options. Zones and/or overlays can be shown on maps, it is possible to measure block sizes and some property reports can also be obtained from this website.
This is one example of a map showing Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO) shown in green and Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) shown in blue.
Each overlay is detailed in the Ballarat Planning Scheme located at Ballarat Planning Scheme
The property you are considering buying may be affected by any or all of these overlays, make sure you find out which ones BEFORE you buy property in Ballarat East. All info about Overlays is available by talking with the Council Planning Officers at City of Ballarat Planning Dept or by calling them on 03 5320 5650