Horsham bypass planning

Investigations into a Western Highway bypass of Horsham

We’re working on a planning study to determine the best route for a future Western Highway bypass of Horsham.

About this project

As part of this planning study, we’re looking to identify a route that will improve road safety and freight efficiency for the Western Highway.

This study is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments as part of the Western Highway upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian border.

There is no funding allocated for the detailed design or construction of a bypass.

Current project status - November 2016

In 2015, we prepared an amendment to the Horsham Planning Scheme (C72) proposing to introduce a Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) to reserve land for a future Horsham bypass. To consider this amendment (Option D) and submissions, the Minister for Planning appointed an independent planning panel. 
This panel has:
  • conducted a public panel hearing over eight days in October and November, 2015
  • received 87 submissions, with 24 submitters presenting at the hearing
  • released a panel report (External link) on 20 January 2016.

In its report, the panel recommended that the amendment be deferred until more work (identified in the report) is completed. Since then, we commissioned an independent review of recommendations in the Planning Panels Victoria report as part of the process, along with new information provided by Horsham Rural City Council and other stakeholders. This Strategic Planning Review [PDF 1 Mb] recommends the Amendment proceed without further delay.

We have therefore written to the Minister for Planning to seek approval for a Western Highway bypass of Horsham submitting Amendment C72 advocating Option D. This will resolve the Amendment to create certainty for property owners and the local community.

Read the Media Release - VicRoads seeks approval for Horsham bypass alignment

About the amendment proposal

The land affected by the amendment is land required for the Horsham Bypass. The amendment applies to private and public land to the east and north of Horsham. 

When we prepared the amendment to the Horsham Planning Scheme in 2015, we considered two alignments (or routes): Option B2 and a variation of Option B2, known as Option D.

After reviewing submissions received last year, we will advocate for Option D as part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process.

Map of Horsham bypass alignment, Option D 

Horsham bypass Option D 2016 (smaller version)
Select this link or the image to view a larger version

Supporting documents

Maps of alignment changes:

Henty Highway interchange refinements as highlighted in Recommendation 4 a and 4b in the Panel Report. Orange represents previous alignment. Black represent revised alignment.

Henty Highway interchange refinements as highlighted in Recommendation 4 a and 4b in the Panel Report. Orange represents previous alignment. Black represents revised alignment.

Alignment between Henty Highway interchange and horsham-Lubeck Rd as highlighted in Recommendation 4d in the Panel Report. Orange represents previous alignment. Black represent revised alignment.

Alignment between Henty Highway interchange and Horsham-Lubeck Rd as highlighted in Recommendation 4d in the Panel Report. Orange represents previous alignment. Black represents revised alignment.

Contact us 

Email: [email protected]
Call: (03) 5333 8756
Write: Regional Director, VicRoads Western Region, PO Box 580, Ballarat 3353

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