Strategic Planning

Hume’s Strategic Planning Department is responsible for:

  • The development of land use and planning policies and strategies.
  • Administering and reviewing the Hume Planning Scheme including planning scheme amendments.
  • Working with the State Government in planning for new Growth Areas.

For more information on Growth Area Planning and projects underway please click here.

For information on planning scheme amendments please visit our Planning Scheme Amendments page.

Strategic Plans

Sunbury Hume Integrated Growth Area Plan (HIGAP)

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The township of Sunbury has been identified by State Government for major growth over the next 30 years and could grow from a township of approximately 35,000 to over 100,000 people. Sunbury HIGAP is Council’s strategy that will shape the future planning for the growth of Sunbury over the coming 30 years.

Spatial Strategy and Delivery and Infrastructure Strategy were adopted by Council on 9th July 2012 and outline what changes are necessary in Sunbury to enable sustainable growth.

Specifically the Strategies outline:

  • what the Sunbury township is like now and how it should change
  • how Sunbury's unique qualities and character should be maintained
  • what, where and when new development should occur  including new areas of housing and employment, new areas of open space
  • what, where and when new infrastructure is required to support growth and meet the needs of existing and future communities what further and more detailed work is needed to be undertaken. 

Hume Corridor HIGAP

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The Hume Corridor is one of the most substantial areas of growth in Melbourne. Its expansion forms part of the State Government’s strategy to manage the population and economic growth of the Melbourne Northern Region.

Along with redevelopment in more established areas like Broadmeadows, the population of the Hume Corridor is expected to rise to 208,000 people by 2026 and exceed 300,000 in the longer term.

Hume Corridor HIGAP is Council’s strategy that will shape the future planning for the growth of the corridor for the coming 25 years.

A Spatial Strategy and Infrastructure and Delivery Strategy were adopted by Council on the 9th December 2015 and will assist in guiding the work of Council in managing growth and change.

The Strategies outline:

  • What changes are needed to manage growth and deliver the vision
  • What the planned and required changes in particular parts of the Hume Corridor are
  • What where and when new development should occur including new areas of housing, employment and open space
  • What, where and when new infrastructure is required to guide the growth of the Hume Corridor
  • What further and more detailed work is needed to be undertaken


Bicycle Network Plan 

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One of the main objectives of the Hume Integrated Land Use and Transport Strategy (HILATS) adopted in 2011 is to encourage cycling for local transport and recreation trips by providing safe, connected and enjoyable cycling environments.

In order to achieve this, HILATS recognises the need to develop a continuous, direct and legible local bicycle network to link Hume residents to key destinations such as activity centres, schools, employment areas, recreation facilities and public transport nodes.

Council has developed a Bicycle Network Plan to define a comprehensive cycling network of off-road and on-road paths that provides a range of routes to suit different cycling needs. The Plan was adopted by Council on the 9th February 2015.

The strategy aims to:

  • Identify and develop a comprehensive municipal wide Bicycle Network Plan for Hume that connects residential areas with key d estinations and the wider regional cycling network.
  • Identify the priority cycling routes to inform Council’s capital works program and future grant applications in order to deliver bicycle infrastructure.
  • Provide an update to the Walking and Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan.
  • Inform the designation of an on-road bicycle network in areas to be redeveloped and subject to future road reconstructions.
  • Identify the required locations for cycling support facilities in the municipality.


Useful Links

Hume’s Statutory Planning page
Hume’s Environment page
Hume Planning Scheme
Planning Panels Victoria
Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)

Updated : 5:02 PM, 5 February 2020

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