Michelago Masterplan

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Council have now engaged consultants to develop a masterplan for the village of Michelago. The Michelago Masterplan (masterplan) is a short term action of The Snowy Monaro Settlements Strategy (currently on public exhibition) and will be instrumental in helping to guide a sustainable future for the village.



What is a masterplan?

A masterplan is a high-level plan that sets out a vision for how certain areas can develop and change into the future.

Who prepares a masterplan?

In this case, the masterplan will be prepared by a specialist consultant team (e.g. traffic, parking, transport, economic viability, urban design) with input and advice from Council, the local community and businesses.

Why does Michelago need a masterplan?

There is growing demand for rural property in places like Michelago from people looking for a rural lifestyle within a short distance of Canberra.

Michelago is at a crossroads where it could either remain a rural village or grow into small town. While increasing housing may contribute to improvements in Michelago’s infrastructure, community facilities and business opportunities, we know that residents also want to preserve what they loves about their home town.

Council has therefore initiated a masterplan process to guide Michelago through these important decisions, ensuring the town evolves purposefully and that the community gets a say in its future.

What will the masterplan include?

Once completed, the masterplan will:

  • Set out a physical structure for Michelago incorporating residential, commercial and open space uses, based on a constraints and opportunities analysis
  • Provide recommendations for a development Contributions Plan
  • Be implemented through amendments to the Development Control Plan (DCP).

We want to hear from you…

Earlier this year, Council held a Michelago Local Character Workshop as part of the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) Consultation. This captured what people said they’d like to maintain, enhance and change about Michelago and provides a useful reference point to begin the master plan process.

Since then, COVID-19 has seen rapid changes in how we live, work and socialize. We would like to know how these changes may also have shifted your views, particularly around:

  • Supporting opportunities to work from home into the future (e.g. a business hub for social connection and a space to meet clients?)
  • Changes to the types of businesses and services you want/need in Michelago (e.g. childcare/early learning?)
  • Where you would like to walk/run/ride (horse/bicycle) around the village area and what facilities would enable this and enhance your experience? (e.g. outdoor gym trail, seating, shade, hitching posts, nature play areas?)
  • Are there currently any areas that feel unsafe and how would you suggest this is fixed?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you to share your vision for Michelago by:

  • completing an online survey
  • emailing us ideas
  • attending an online ‘big ideas for Michelago’ workshop.


Council have now engaged consultants to develop a masterplan for the village of Michelago. The Michelago Masterplan (masterplan) is a short term action of The Snowy Monaro Settlements Strategy (currently on public exhibition) and will be instrumental in helping to guide a sustainable future for the village.



What is a masterplan?

A masterplan is a high-level plan that sets out a vision for how certain areas can develop and change into the future.

Who prepares a masterplan?

In this case, the masterplan will be prepared by a specialist consultant team (e.g. traffic, parking, transport, economic viability, urban design) with input and advice from Council, the local community and businesses.

Why does Michelago need a masterplan?

There is growing demand for rural property in places like Michelago from people looking for a rural lifestyle within a short distance of Canberra.

Michelago is at a crossroads where it could either remain a rural village or grow into small town. While increasing housing may contribute to improvements in Michelago’s infrastructure, community facilities and business opportunities, we know that residents also want to preserve what they loves about their home town.

Council has therefore initiated a masterplan process to guide Michelago through these important decisions, ensuring the town evolves purposefully and that the community gets a say in its future.

What will the masterplan include?

Once completed, the masterplan will:

  • Set out a physical structure for Michelago incorporating residential, commercial and open space uses, based on a constraints and opportunities analysis
  • Provide recommendations for a development Contributions Plan
  • Be implemented through amendments to the Development Control Plan (DCP).

We want to hear from you…

Earlier this year, Council held a Michelago Local Character Workshop as part of the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) Consultation. This captured what people said they’d like to maintain, enhance and change about Michelago and provides a useful reference point to begin the master plan process.

Since then, COVID-19 has seen rapid changes in how we live, work and socialize. We would like to know how these changes may also have shifted your views, particularly around:

  • Supporting opportunities to work from home into the future (e.g. a business hub for social connection and a space to meet clients?)
  • Changes to the types of businesses and services you want/need in Michelago (e.g. childcare/early learning?)
  • Where you would like to walk/run/ride (horse/bicycle) around the village area and what facilities would enable this and enhance your experience? (e.g. outdoor gym trail, seating, shade, hitching posts, nature play areas?)
  • Are there currently any areas that feel unsafe and how would you suggest this is fixed?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you to share your vision for Michelago by:

  • completing an online survey
  • emailing us ideas
  • attending an online ‘big ideas for Michelago’ workshop.