New planning controls for Sorrento

Published on 09 August 2017

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has taken another step to strengthen local planning controls.

Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 31 July to adopt Planning Scheme Amendment C204 which will introduce a new Design and Development Overlay (DDO) for the commercial centre of Sorrento (mainly along Ocean Beach Road).

The proposed DDO aims to protect the distinctive character of Sorrento by introducing building height limits and setback controls, whereby the third storey must be setback so it is not visually prominent from the opposite side of Ocean Beach Road.

The Planning Scheme Amendment has now progressed to the Minister for Planning, for his final consideration. Once a decision has been made, the Minister’s decision will be gazetted.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said the Shire calls on the Minister to support this amendment.

“We are determined to protect this important historic and iconic township that has a local, state and international significance. 

“One of our priorities is listening to and responding to the needs of our community – that’s what we strive to do. Through many public forums and other meetings with concerned residents, we have learnt that protecting the character and feel of our peninsula is their number one goal,” concluded Councillor Colomb.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Nepean Ward Councillor Bryan Payne added “we are determined to protect our townships from overdevelopment. This Design and Development Overlay will protect the historical significance of Sorrento”.

To learn more visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/planningschemeamendments