Navigating farm developments – online planning tool

Navigating Farm Developments (NFD) is an online tool developed by Agriculture Victoria to help farmers and farm advisors identify planning and other requirements related to farm development projects. The tool serves 8 agricultural sectors and describes the sector specific planning requirements for many different types of developments – see the current list of developments below.

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Select the button to launch Navigating Farm Developments – it will open in a new tab.

Navigating Farm Developments

How does navigating farm developments work?

  • Select a sector and enter an address.
  • Draw the property boundary.
  • Identify the type of development project you are planning to undertake.
  • Draw the boundary of the development site on the map and measure key distances.
  • Answer a series of yes or no questions relating to the development.
  • The tool collates site and development specific information – zones, overlays, planning and other requirements involved in obtaining planning and other approvals.
  • A summary report captures all the entered details plus the requirements needed to progress the farm development and provides links to additional useful information where appropriate.
  • The summary report includes map screen shots and a table of requirements – it can be saved as a PDF or printed. If you create an account and log in, you can save your work and return to it later.

Current NFD developments

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Development types

  • Bridges/culverts and fords
  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage– batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm dam
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm shed – hay or machinery
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Feedlot – cattle
  • Fencing crown land water frontage
  • Grazing roadsides
  • Groundwater bore
  • Irrigation system
  • Land forming and laser grading
  • Manure stockpile or composting area
  • Other development
  • Permanent stock crossing
  • Piping under waterways
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Stock containment area
  • Stock underpass
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – roofed
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – unroofed
  • Weighbridge

Development types

  • Bridges/culverts and fords
  • Dairy – new
  • Dairy – upgrade
  • Dairy barn – freestall/loose housing
  • Dairy cattle shelter
  • Dairy feedpad – gravel or concrete
  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Effluent system
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm dam
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm shed – hay or machinery
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Fencing crown land water frontage
  • Grazing roadsides
  • Groundwater bore
  • Irrigation system
  • Land forming and laser grading
  • Manure stockpile or composting area
  • Other development
  • Permanent stock crossing
  • Piping under waterways
  • Rearing facility
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Stock containment area
  • Stock underpass
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – roofed
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – unroofed
  • Weighbridge

Development types

  • Bridges/culverts and fords
  • Dairy – new
  • Dairy – upgrade
  • Intensive sheep or goat dairy
  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Effluent system
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm dam
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm shed – hay or machinery
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Feedlot – roofed
  • Feedlot – unroofed
  • Fencing crown land water frontage
  • Grazing roadsides
  • Groundwater bore
  • Irrigation system
  • Land forming and laser grading
  • Manure stockpile or composting area
  • Other development
  • Permanent stock crossing
  • Piping under waterways
  • Rearing facility
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Stock containment area
  • Stock underpass
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – roofed
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – unroofed
  • Weighbridge

Development types

  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm dam
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm shed – hay or machinery
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Grain bunker
  • Irrigation system
  • Land forming and laser grading
  • Pump shed
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Weighbridge

Development types

  • Crop support or protection structure
  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm dam
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm shed – hay or machinery
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Glasshouse or igloo/poly tunnel
  • Irrigation system
  • Land forming and laser grading
  • On-farm cool store
  • Packing shed
  • Pump shed
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Weighbridge
  • Winery

Development types

  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Effluent system
  • Effluent or manure reuse area
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Manure stockpile or composting area
  • Piggery – bred outdoors, raised indoors on straw
  • Piggery – Low Density Mobile Outdoor (LDMO) pig farm
  • Piggery – rotational outdoor pig farm
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Weighbridge

Development types

  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Litter spreading area
  • Manure stockpile or composting area
  • Other poultry farm
  • Poultry – Broiler farm
  • Poultry – Layer farm
  • Poultry – Small scale poultry farm
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Weighbridge

Development type

  • Bridges/culverts and fords
  • Dairy – new
  • Dairy – upgrade
  • Intensive sheep or goat dairy
  • Earthworks – property access, internal tracks or hard stand areas
  • Effluent system
  • Energy from waste
  • Energy generation – renewable
  • Energy storage – batteries
  • Farm chemical store
  • Farm dam
  • Farm office or staff facilities
  • Farm shed – hay or machinery
  • Farm silos
  • Farm washdown bay
  • Feedlot – roofed
  • Feedlot – unroofed
  • Fencing crown land water frontage
  • Grazing roadsides
  • Groundwater bore
  • Irrigation system
  • Land forming and laser grading
  • Manure stockpile or composting area
  • Other development
  • Permanent stock crossing
  • Piping under waterways
  • Rearing facility
  • Rural workers accommodation
  • Stock containment area
  • Stock underpass
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – roofed
  • Stock yards or stock handling facilities – unroofed
  • Weighbridge
Page last updated: 18 Aug 2022