Council continues its fight to protect the peninsula
Published on 13 November 2017
Recently Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb met with and wrote to the Hon Richard Wynne MP – Minister for Planning, to voice how the changes introduced to the General Residential Zone are inappropriate for the Mornington Peninsula.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb voiced the very strong concerns Council and the community hold in relation to the the impact that these changes are likely to have on the unique character of our townships and villages.
The Mayor expressed her disappointment and concern at the Minister for Planning’s refusal to accept the Shire’s request for a Design and Development Overlay (DDO) to protect the Mornington Peninsula from over development.
“We are glad however that the Minister has shown support for for greater use of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone when the Housing and Settlement Strategy goes to Council for adoption later this year.
“The local community will be glad to hear about this, however the uncertainty with existing height controls has resulted in a 9,000 signature petition by community advocacy organisation Peninsula Speaks that will be presented to the Minister in the near future.
“The support for the existing mandatory DDO height restrictions remain an outstanding issue for Council and the community.
“We seek the Minister’s commitment to retain all existing DDO height controls within the residential zones.
“We are determined to show the Minister for Planning that we can grow our townships sympathetically, appropriately, and in the right places.
“We are always thinking of the long-term implications on the look, feel and character of the peninsula – this is at the heart of what we do.
“We invite the Minister to visit the peninsula and see the special character that needs protection,” concluded Councillor Colomb.