Following community consultation earlier this year, Council has developed its Draft Nature Strip Policy and Guideline.
Feedback on both of these documents is now open.
The Naturestrip Policy and Guideline will provide the community with an overview of Council’s and residents' management and maintenance practices and responsibilities.
The document provides road users and the community with an overview of the Naturestrip policy, guideline and practices of Council and defines:
The purpose of this consultation is to provide the community with an opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the Draft Policy and Guideline.
A copy of the proposed Naturestrip Policy & Guideline can be viewed under the 'Document Library' to the right of this page or at Council’s Customer Service centres between 8.30am and 5.00pm.
Any person wishing to make a submission as part of the review can do so here.
Or In writing marked “Attention: Asset Management Department, PO Box 18, Ballan VIC 3342” by close of business Thursday 9 September 2021.
For further information, please contact Council’s Manager Asset Management on (03) 5366 7100.
A nature strip is the strip of land located within a road reserve, between a property boundary and the adjacent roadway. Nature strips add to the amenity of the local area, facilitate pedestrian movement, and also provide a space for assets such as footpaths, trees, street furniture or utilities (gas, water, telecommunications, power etc).
Whilst Council is the authority that manages the road reserve, it is the expectation that the adjacent owner or occupier will undertake maintenance of the nature strip area to ensure it is maintained in a neat and tidy condition. Council undertakes maintenance of nature strips only at town entrances and in high-profile areas such as the CBD and is also responsible for the street trees planted within the nature strip.
Council receives many requests from residents wishing to beautify their nature strip by installing a range of landscaping items such as crushed rock, edging and plantings. To provide clear guidance to our residents, Council is in the process of developing a Naturestrip Policy & Guideline and we would like to hear your views on what should be permitted within residential areas.
We previously invited you to provide your input towards the Naturestrip Policy and Guideline by completing a survey that closed Sunday 3 January 2020.