Amendment C127cola - Harris Road / Colac- Lavers Hill Road Rezoning

The Minister for Planning is considering whether to prepare, adopt and approve Colac Otway Planning Scheme Amendment C127cola under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Land affected by the amendment

The amendment applies to the following land:


Lot and Plan Number



Lot 1 TP100330 and L6 LP11661

56 Harris Road Elliminyt


Lot 2 & 3 PS723133, CM1&2 PS723133

62A-C Harris Road Elliminyt


Lot 1 TP089127 and Lot 9 LP51197

78 Harris Road Elliminyt


Lot 1 LP117616

90 Harris Road Elliminyt


Lot 5 PS403926

17 Colac-Lavers Hill Road Elliminyt


Lot 1 TP580946

45 Colac-Lavers Hill Road Elliminyt


Lot 8 LP11661

65 Colac-Lavers Hill Road Elliminyt


Lot 1 LP216353

75 Colac-Lavers Hill Road Elliminyt


Lot 2 LP216353

85 Colac-Lavers Hill Road Elliminyt


What the amendment does

The amendment is required to enable the development of the land for residential purposes.   The application of the Development Plan Overlay is required to ensure the coordinated development of the land. 

The amendment is necessary to address the critical shortage of residential land available on the market within Colac.

More specifically, the amendment rezones part of the land from Farming Zone to General Residential Zone, applies the Development Plan Overlay to the land, and inserts a new DPO schedule.

The amendment:

  • Rezones part of the land from Farming Zone to General Residential Zone.
  • Amends Planning Scheme maps 11 and 16. 
  • Applies the Development Plan Overlay to all lots except Lot 1 LP216353.
  • Inserts a new Schedule (Schedule 9) to Clause 43.04 – Development Plan Overlay.
  • Amends Planning Scheme maps 11DPO and 16DPO. 


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.


Exhibition will commence in Monday 14 August for a period of 3 weeks which will take the closing date to 11 September 2023. Information and supporting documents for this matter can be viewed at If you wish to make a submission, please email it to  before 4 September 2023.


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