Daffodil Lane Riddells Creek – Engagement Delivery


The Daffodil Lane site in Macedon Ranges Shire, part of the existing Riddells Creek township boundary, has been identified as an investigation area within the Macedon Ranges Statement of Planning Policy and the Riddells Creek Structure Plan. 

The site is adjacent to and directly south of the Riddells Creek Railway Station. It comprises multiple land parcels including significant land owned by Spacious Group. Capire worked with Spacious Group and Tract Consulting on early engagement with the community to incorporate their feedback as part of any future development, where possible.

The engagement took place between 19 August and 19 October 2022. This first phase of engagement focused on introducing the community to the site and the related planning process, presenting the findings from initial site studies, and sharing observations about local towns including Riddells Creek and others in the Macedon Ranges Shire. The project team asked the community to share their visions and ideas for the site. This included what they valued about Riddells Creek and potential community facilities, housing and lot sizes, neighbourhood design and parking, and design principles.

As a key part of the project, the project team collaborated with xCreative to establish a bespoke project website that presented clear project information including an introductory video. The website also provided an overview of the engagement opportunities: a webinar, two in-person workshops held in Riddells Creek and an online survey. The website will be a fantastic platform to inform the community about the ongoing progress of the project and how the community can continue to be involved.

  • Client
    Spacious RC Development Pty Ltd
  • Year Completed
  • Location
    Macedon Ranges
  • Project Website
    Riddells South

One key challenge and risk to the project was the complex planning process. Recent engagement related to another proposed development in Riddells Creek held prior to engagement created some mistrust, and opposition to change and growth in the township. These challenges were mitigated by engaging with the community early in the process, providing clear branding and messaging, being transparent about each step of the process, and being clear on the objectives of the project team.

Approximately 163 people participated in the engagement activities, providing great insights into what people valued about Riddells Creek and their hopes for the future of the site.