Somerville Township Structure Plan

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.

The Shire is keen to develop the structure plan 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 into the future.

You can get involved and help shape the future of Somerville by attending the following community engagement workshops:

Have your say

Community consultation opens Monday 22 October 2018 and closes 5pm Tuesday 27 November 2018.

Workshop 1 – Have Your Say on Somerville’s Future

Date         Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Time         6 pm to 8 pm
Venue      Somerville Mechanics Institute Hall

Workshop 2 – Vision and Objectives for Somerville Township

Date         Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Time         6 pm to 8 pm
Venue      Somerville Mechanics Institute Hall

Further opportunities to be involved will be available in early 2019.

Email your submission to: with the subject line 'Somerville Township Structure Plan’.

In person:
Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

Attention: Planning team, Re: Somerville Township Structure Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private Bag 1000, Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

Further Information:
If you wish to discuss the project or have any questions, please contact Peninsula Wide Strategic Planning or phone Planning Support on 5950 1010. 


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