Amendment C124cola - Rezoning of Land in Elliminyt

The Minister for Planning is considering whether to prepare, adopt and approve Colac Otway Planning Scheme Amendment C123 under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.


What the draft amendment does

The Amendment seeks to rezone 50 hectares of land bounded by Sinclair Street South, Irrewillipe Road, Hart Street, and Harris Road, Elliminyt from the Rural Living Zone to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.

The Amendment would rezone the land in line with the Colac 2050 Growth Plan (Colac Otway Shire 2019). The Colac 2050 Growth Plan establishes a strategic framework for the future planning and development of Colac.

The subject land is identified within the Deans Creek Corridor and prioritises residential development through rezoning and installation of drainage and stormwater management infrastructure. The Amendment would also apply a new Schedule 8 to the Development Plan Overlay (DPO8) to ensure the development occurs in accordance with the broad development principles of the Irrewillipe Road Framework Plan and provision of essential community infrastructure.

In addition, the Amendment would apply a Environmental Audit Overlay to land at 145 Harris Road, Elliminyt which has been identified through preliminary site investigations as having a ‘medium’ potential for contamination.

Specifically, the Amendment makes the following changes to the Colac Otway Planning Scheme:

  • Rezone the land from Rural Living Zone to General Residential Zone – Schedule 1 in accordance with the Colac 2050 Growth Plan;
  • Apply a Development Plan Overlay – Schedule 8 to ensure comprehensive and coordinated development;
  • Apply an Environmental Audit Overlay to 145 Harris Road, Elliminyt.



Before making a decision about whether to proceed with the draft amendment, the Minister for Planning is undertaking consultation under section 20(5) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to understand the views of affected parties.

Following the consultation period, the Minister may decide to refer this matter to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee for further advice before making a decision about whether to prepare, adopt and approve the amendment. If you make a submission, you will be informed if the matter is referred to the Priority Projects Standing Advisory Committee.



The Minister for Planning has received a request from Colac Otway Shire Council to facilitate the proposal through the Development Facilitation Program. The Victorian Government has identified Victoria’s building and construction sector as a key mechanism to revitalise Victoria’s economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Development Facilitation Program was established by the Minister following the success of the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce Priority Project Fast-Track pilot program to speed up the assessment and determination of identified priority projects that deliver investment into the Victorian economy, keep people in jobs, and provide a substantial public benefit.


More information

Information and supporting documents for this matter can be viewed at If you wish to make a submission, please email it to  before 14 November 2022.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact Robert Churkovich, Planner, Priority Projects Team, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning via email at