Strategic Plans and Policies

This page provides details on Council's key strategies for community infrastructure, housing diversity, rural areas, growth plans for Hume Corridor and Sunbury, land use and transport, and our bicycle network. Explore each section to understand our initiatives for a sustainable and thriving Hume City.

The Community Infrastructure Plan (CIP)(PDF, 7MB) will guide how we plan and invest in community infrastructure over the next 15 years. It will also ensure that our residents can access services, facility spaces and places where and when they are needed most.

The CIP is intended to guide Council’s actions for community infrastructure and associated service delivery, including specific infrastructure responses within different parts of Hume. It will be closely monitored and updated when Council Service Plans are updated or in response to major changes in the forecast population within an area

The Housing Diversity Strategy(PDF, 12MB) is an important plan for Council and the community, to ensure there is a home for everyone in Hume in the future. 

The Strategy sets out a 20-year plan for the established areas of Hume, to: 

  • Direct new housing to the most appropriate locations
  • Increase choice and diversity of housing, including affordable housing 
  • Facilitate well designed and sustainable housing.

The community were invited to provide feedback on a draft Strategy in August-September 2020. More than 100 community members completed surveys or written submissions. This feedback was considered and, where appropriate, changes were made. 

The final Housing Diversity Strategy(PDF, 12MB) was adopted by Council on 22 June 2020 (updated 2023, see below).

Since the Strategy was originally adopted there has been changes to State and local policy, the Hume Planning Scheme has been translated to the new Statewide Planning Policy Framework (PPF), and some of the actions identified in the Strategy have now been completed.

To ensure Council’s housing Amendment is underpinned by current and up-to-date strategic work, the Strategy was updated and adopted by Council on 28 August 2023. 

The Rural Strategy provides a strategic vision and direction that provides certainty, support and engagement for the community over the next 20 years. View the Rural Strategy(PDF, 4MB)

The strategy looks to the future to realistically provide opportunities sand certainty for landowners, whilst acknowledging the changes and challenges being experienced in rural areas.

The strategy aims to:

  • Maintain the urban growth boundary and subdivision rules.
  • Support a wide range of economic opportunities that complement the rural areas.
  • Support rural landowners and land managers as the caretakers of the land.
  • Recognise environmental and landscape values in the planning scheme.
  • Manage local roads to keep them safe for rural traffic and encourage State Government investment in road upgrades for metropolitan traffic.

The community have been invited to participate in the development of the Strategy including through a survey in mid-2017 to all landowners, residents and businesses in the rural areas which lead to the development of an Emerging Issues and Options Paper (2018).

Council released the draft Rural Strategy in March 2020, alongside a Consultation Report. Consultation on the draft Rural Strategy was extended to allow the community to discuss the strategy face to face with Council officers. These sessions were delayed until March 2021 due to Covid-19.

The final Rural Strategy was adopted by Council on 11 April 2022.

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

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. 

A Spatial Strategy(PDF, 5MB) and Infrastructure and Delivery Strategy(PDF, 2MB) 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: 

  • A long term vision for the Hume Corridor.
  • What changes are preferred to manage growth and deliver the vision.
  • Where changes are preferred within the Hume Corridor.
  • 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.
  • Recommendations for further work that will continue to guide change in the Hume corridor.

Sunbury HIGAP is Council’s strategy that will shape the future planning for the growth of Sunbury over the coming 30 years. 

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.  

A Spatial Strategy(PDF, 2MB) and Delivery and Infrastructure Strategy(PDF, 785KB) were adopted by Council on 9th July 2012 and outline what changes are preferred in Sunbury to enable sustainable growth. 

The Sunbury HIGAP Strategies outline: 

  • What the Sunbury township is like now and how it should change.
  • How Sunbury's unique qualities and character should be managed.
  • 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.
  • Recommendations for further work that will continue to guide change in Sunbury. 

One of the main objectives of the Hume Integrated Land Use and Transport Strategy (HILATS)(PDF, 10MB) 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(PDF, 5MB)  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 destinations 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.