Mount Alexander Shire is encouraging community members to have their say on the draft Maldon Design Guidelines which aim to guide design and development in the historical and heritage parts of the town.
The existing guidelines were originally created in the 1970s as part of the Shire of Maldon's planning scheme.
It is the first time they have been comprehensively reviewed and updated to reflect contemporary heritage, planning policy and legislation.
"Over the past 18 months, we have undertaken an extensive review of the guidelines in collaboration with urban and heritage advisors, and with expert input from a project advisory group that included members of the Maldon community," Mount Alexander Shire Council manager of development services Shannon Meadows said.
"The updated draft guidelines are consistent with current planning policy and legislation, while making them easier to use for residents, property owners, businesses, architects and builders.
"We see this as an important strategy in managing and protecting the heritage of Maldon as Australia's first notable town," he said.
Information sessions will be held from 4pm on February 20 and March 18 at the Maldon Community Centre. An online survey is available until April 2.