Community Planning

What is Community Planning?

Community Planning puts communities in the driver’s seat. Communities themselves – with a bit of help from Council – identify their local strengths and priorities for their future, and collaborate to develop and deliver solutions for their town.

Community Planning helps create a shared vision for the neighbourhood.

It’s about getting to know people, working together in new ways and involves meeting up, talking, thinking about what is great in the community and sharing ideas for making it an even better place to be.

Then, as a community, you decide which ideas are most important and develop your very own Community Plan. A Community Plan is created by the community, for the community and it is up to you to bring the Plan to life.

Watch our short video below to find out more.

Community Planning is coming to Flowerdale, Kinglake, Kinglake West and Pheasant Creek

Council is pleased to advise that Flowerdale, Kinglake, Kinglake West and Pheasant Creek are being offered the Community Planning Program.

With Community Plans already developed in the townships of Eildon, Glenburn, Marysville, Thornton, Toolangi-Castella and Yea with really positive results, it’s now time for Flowerdale, Kinglake, Kinglake West and Pheasant Creek to have a turn!

For more information about how you can get involved, click here

Finalised Community Plans

The following communities have each developed a Community Plan, based on input from local community members. They are the outcome of several months of conversations and gatherings to talk about ideas and work out priorities for each community. Each plan has been finalised and present to Council at the Council Meeting on the dates below.

Thornton & Rubicon Community Plan(PDF, 5MB) - Wednesday 25 October 2023. Click here for more information.

Glenburn Community Plan(PDF, 3MB) - Wednesday 23 August 2023. Click here for more information.

Eildon Community Plan(PDF, 6MB) - Wednesday 24 August 2022. Click here for more information. 

Yea Community Plan(PDF, 9MB) - Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Marysville Community Plan(PDF, 8MB) - Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Toolangi-Castella Community Plan(PDF, 4MB) - Wednesday 27 May 2020.

Community Planning Pilot Program

The Community Planning Framework, developed by community working groups in 2018, was trialled in the townships of Yea, Marysville and Toolangi-Castella during 2019 and 2020, as part of Council's Community Planning Pilot Program. The development of the Framework and delivery of the Pilot Program was possible due to generous funding support from Insurance Australia Group and their local brand WFI Insurance.

The Pilot Program was very successful, with community members meeting regularly to discuss ideas and opportunities for the future of their town. These ideas were then collated and later prioritised at community dinners to help shape the vision and key goals for each town's Community Plan.

Questions or more information 

For more information about Community Planning, please contact Council's Community Planning team on (03) 5772 0333 or via email at