Have Your Say: Somerville Township Structure Plan

You are invited to have your say on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Draft Somerville Township Structure Plan.

Download: Draft Somerville Township Structure Plan(PDF, 3MB)

The draft Plan identifies land use, urban design and transport concepts seeking to boost the successful growth and enhancement of the township’s urban areas over the next 15 years.

The project began in late September 2018 with visioning workshops held with the community and targeted stakeholder engagement to identify themes and objectives to help develop the Draft Somerville Township Structure Plan.

Community members are encouraged to join in the conversation! Help us:

  • capture and enhance the attributes of Somerville that are most loved;
  • improve elements of the township; and
  • manage urban growth pressures within our townships in a way that is sustainable and protects our green wedge areas.

Following the public exhibition period, the feedback will be reviewed and where appropriate incorporated into the Plan.

Attend a drop-in session:

Wednesday, 10 April, 6pm – 8pm at Somerville Mechanics Institute Hall – 66 Station Street, Somerville.

Consultants and Council officers will be available at the drop-in session to answer any questions on the draft township structure plan and to receive feedback.

How to have your say

Second round community consultation opens Tuesday 19 March 2019 and closes Friday 26 April 2019.


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In Person

At the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.


Email your submission to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au with the subject line “Draft Somerville Township Structure Plan”.


Attention: Rosa Zouzoulas, Team Leader, Peninsula Wide, Re: Draft Somerville Township Structure Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud VIC 3939.


Submissions received, including the name of the submitter, may be published on Council’s website and may form part of the public record of the relevant Council and Committee meetings. Personal information, including contact details, and any offensive, defamatory or third party personal information will not be published. You may access personal information you have provided to the Shire at any time and make corrections. Our Privacy Policy can be found at mornpen.vic.gov.au/privacy. If you have any concerns about the use and disclosure of your personal information, please contact the Shire’s Privacy Officer at privacy@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

What is this project about?

This project is about identifying the current and emerging issues, and opportunities that relate to Somerville township, and developing a structure that would provide for the form of development, land use and key services, among other things, that are appropriate to the vision for the township.

Why is this project needed?

A key challenge for the Shire is the need to balance the demands for urban growth and the preservation of the natural landscape and rural activity on the Peninsula. An approach widely used to manage such a challenge is to prepare a structure plan for each township.

A structure plan is a planning tool that sets out a vision for the future land use and development of a place. It guides land use and development towards the vision by establishing a planning and management framework with environmental, social and economic objectives. A key aspect of the structure planning process is the reliance on community feedback in developing the vision and objectives for a place.

The Shire has already completed separate structure plans for Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings. It now seeks to prepare a plan for Somerville township to ensure that the special and unique values of this township remain protected while accommodating appropriate development.

Project Status

The Shire has appointed planning consulting firm ‘Plan2Place’ to undertake the required project tasks. Project inception took place on Monday 17 September 2018. Background research followed by data collection and analysis to inform the draft structure plan are currently underway.

It is important that the structure plan is developed with the community and key stakeholders to capture and enhance the attributes of the township that are most valued, improve various aspects of the township, and develop a vision to guide land use and development in Somerville into the future.

Further Information:
If you wish to discuss the project or have any questions, please email strategic.planning.projects@mornpen.vic.gov.au or phone Planning Support on 5950 1010.


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