Moriac Structure Plan


Surf Coast Shire Council has commenced the development of a new structure plan for Moriac.

The Moriac Structure Plan project will document current community aspirations and outline future plans for the area. It will replace the existing Moriac Structure Plan(PDF, 1MB), which was adopted in 2010.

In the lead up to a period of community engagement, Council developed a Background Report(PDF, 40MB) - along with a shorter summary version(PDF, 5MB) - that provided important context. This helped to guide upcoming conversations with the Moriac community.

The Report includes:

  • a summary of community feedback from Council’s People Place Future Project (2021), detailing insights into current matters of importance to the Moriac community and key priorities for the future;
  • a profile of present-day Moriac;
  • a review of the planning policy framework;
  • an analysis of population forecasts and housing supply and demand;
  • identification of key issues and influences on future growth and development. 

The first phase of community engagement was completed in May 2022 and included two 'drop-in' style workshops and an on-line survey. The Community Engagement Summary Report(PDF, 5MB)  was noted at the Council meeting on 28 June 2022 and provides a summary of key engagement activities undertaken and a detailed summary of engagement findings relating to each of these activities. Based on responses to the feedback provided through community consultation a new set of seven refined guiding principles have also been established and are detailed in the summary report(PDF, 5MB).

The draft Moriac Structure Plan will now be developed, which will be the subject of future public exhibition.

For more information, contact us at or 5261 0600.

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About the new Moriac Structure Plan

A new structure plan will: 

  • Provide context for local planning policies applying to Moriac in the Surf Coast Planning Scheme
  • Address the recent rezoning of the last remaining area of land identified for housing development;
  • Consider the future provision of public infrastructure including open space, footpaths and trails, community buildings and service infrastructure (i.e. electricity, water, wastewater);
  • Incorporate State and regional planning policy reforms developed over the past ten years;
  • Consider implications associated with the approval of the Cape Otway Road Australia (CORA) project.


What is a Structure Plan?

A Structure Plan is a plan for a town’s future. It considers if, how and where a town should grow. A Structure Plan process provides a community with an opportunity to share with Council how they believe the town should best manage demands for improved services, whilst protecting the features and characteristics of a town that make it a great place to live in. Ultimately the role of the structure plan is to guide changes to policy within the Surf Coast Planning Scheme to help inform land use decision making.  

How are structure plans prepared?

Community members play an important role in contributing to structure plan content by sharing their aspirations and concerns for natural and built environments. Information is captured in project surveys, at consultation sessions and through the lodging and review of formal written submissions. The information that the Moriac community contributes to the structure plan process will inform policies to guide future decision making. 

The community, land owners and land developers benefit from the clear planning policy directions contained within a structure plan. The maps and supporting text can help identify opportunities for future development in the form of ‘future growth’ or ‘investigation’ areas. Whereas land featuring topographic and/or environmental assets or constraints can be clearly identified as ‘no go’ zones.

How are Structure Plans implemented?

Once adopted by Council a structure plan has an active and influential life guided by a detailed implementation plan.  Implementation actions may include amendments to the Surf Coast Planning Scheme, further investigative studies or the funding of particular physical works. Adopted plans are typically linked to the Council’s corporate plan ensuring a coordinated approach to implementation across Council services.