New Growth Areas to house 110,000 people
The City of Greater Geelong is progressing plans to create two major new growth areas that will collectively become home to 110,000 new residents – almost equivalent to the current population of Ballarat - beyond 2050.
The Northern Geelong Growth Area, located in the Lovely Banks area, will eventually accommodate 48,000 people and the Western Geelong Growth Area, located in the Batesford area, will have a population of 62,000.
The project will guide the long-term development of self-sufficient Geelong neighbourhoods with affordable housing and employment opportunities.
Northern Geelong Growth Area
Population: 48,000 people beyond 2050
Growth area: 2,089 hectares
Development area: 1,325 hectares
Employment area: 105 hectares
The Northern Geelong Growth area features more than 100 metres of rise with stunning panoramic views across Corio Bay. It’s well connected to Geelong's employment precincts, Avalon Airport and the Port of Geelong. Around 30 per cent of the Northern Geelong Growth Area will be retained as open space.
Western Geelong Growth Area
Population: 62,000 people beyond 2050
Growth area: 3,245 hectares
Development area: 1,730 hectares
Employment area: 95 hectares
The Western Geelong Growth Area is blessed with more than 20 kilometres of river frontage. Following the future closure of the Batesford quarry, there is an opportunity to convert the quarry into a lake and significant open space asset for Geelong and create a district of lakeside neighbourhoods.
Planning will focus on protecting the strong environment and heritage values of the area, including the charm and character of the Batesford township. Around 40 per cent of the Western Geelong Growth Area will be retained as open space.
The scale and long-term nature of the project means that there is the opportunity to create diverse and vibrant new urban communities that enhance Geelong’s identity.
Currently, urban infill and Armstrong Creek provide the majority of future housing in Geelong. The population of the Armstrong Creek growth area has reached 7,000 people with room to grow to 55,000 residents, or 22,000 homes, still available.
The growth areas were identified in the G21 Regional Growth Plan, which was adopted by the Victorian Government in 2013. The Growth Plan, and its partner document the G21 Regional Growth Plan Implementation Plan, were produced to ensure that appropriate regional infrastructure was in place when it was required.