Council adopts the Housing and Settlement Strategy

Published on 06 December 2017

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Following a public exhibition period Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee on Monday 4 December to adopt the Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017.

The main aim of the Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 is to outline directions for future housing and population growth on the peninsula over the next 15 years.

The strategy also intends to recognise the values and character of the Mornington Peninsula and to ensure that these aspects are properly protected. 

Chair of the Planning Services Committee and Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said the strategy addresses the projected demand for housing and the estimated capacity we have on the peninsula.

“This strategy proves that increased height limits are unnecessary on the peninsula and demonstrates ways to increase housing diversity without impacting our residential areas.

“Our community has clearly expressed the view that our peninsula is unique and that we should not be subjected to metro-centric planning controls. This strategy sends a clear message to state government that we can manage reasonable growth without diminishing what makes us unique,” said Councillor Brooks. 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said it is with pride that Council adopts Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017.

“Council has an important role in managing the demand for housing and population growth on the Mornington Peninsula in a way that recognises our special values

“We have seen substantial support from our residents for council to protect our peninsula from inappropriate development.

“We hope this strategy will help support the hierarchy of townships on the Peninsula. The future housing estimates for limited growth will help protect the character, role and function of our settlements,” said Councillor Payne.

Key elements of the plan include:

  • Projected housing demand and potential supply
  • The distribution and containment of future housing growth
  • Provision for new housing development in appropriate locations to support the existing and emerging needs of the local community
  • Protecting neighbourhood character and the liveability of existing townships
  • Protecting the future of land in the Low Density Residential Zone
  • Support proposals by the state government to provide more social housing and address housing affordability.

The strategy will be available on mornpen.vic.gov.au in the coming weeks.