Moriac Structure Plan

Phase 1 engagement: complete
Phase 2 engagement: 24 May to 12 July 2023


Have your say on the draft Moriac Structure Plan

A draft Moriac Structure Plan was endorsed by Council for community exhibition on 23 May 2023.

  View the documents here:

We welcome your input by Wednesday 12 July 2023.

Community Info Sessions

Join us at one of two community information session to be held at the Moriac Community Hall.

Both sessions will be held on Wednesday 28 June 2023 at the following times:

Session 1: 2pm – 4pm

Session 2: 6pm – 8pm

Address: Newling Reserve Community Centre, 830 Hendy Main Rd, Moriac VIC 3240

These sessions are drop-in style and no RSVP is required.

Make a Submission

For more information, or to access a hard copy of the document, please contact us at or 5261 0600.

If you would like to receive regular updates regarding the Moriac Structure Plan please register your contact details

Project Background

The Moriac Structure Plan 2023 will provide a strategic framework to guide land use and development decisions for the next 10 years. The Plan will ensure that future incremental growth is responsive to the constraints of the landscape and respectful of the rural character of the town.

In 2022, Council developed a Background Report(PDF, 40MB) - along with a shorter summary version(PDF, 5MB) - both versions provide important context to guide conversations with the Moriac community. 

Following extensive engagement with the Moriac community Council prepared the Draft Moriac Structure Plan.

Links to both detailed and summary versions of the draft plan are provided at the top of the page.

Phase 1 engagement: April 2022

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.


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.