Creating an environmentally sustainable Mornington Peninsula

Published on 28 March 2022


Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to delivering our Climate Emergency response through creating an environmentally sustainable Mornington Peninsula.
We are doing this by introducing a new local Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme through proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C232morn.

We are now seeking comments from the community on the proposed Amendment C232morn until 20 May 2022.
The Policy aims to ensure new development on the Mornington Peninsula achieves best practice in environmental sustainability, from the design stage through to construction and operation.
The Policy will apply to new developments of a certain size needing a planning permit, such as:

  • Residential development of two or more houses on one lot.
  • Commercial and industrial developments with a floor area of 100 square metres or more.

Depending on their type and size, affected developments will need to demonstrate best practice in energy performance, integrated water management, indoor environment quality, transport, waste management and urban ecology. 

Through Amendment C232morn, the Shire joins over 20 other councils across Victoria to implement a local ESD Policy to protect our environment, secure today’s living standards and future-proof our communities against rising energy, water and waste disposal costs.



The Environmentally Sustainable Development Local Planning Policy (Amendment C232morn) consultation is currently open and closes 20 May 2022.
To provide your thoughts and learn more visit:

Hard copy forms are also available at Shire Customer Service Centres.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“Like Council’s Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy for Shire-owned buildings and civil works, the local ESD Policy will help ensure new buildings on private land are more energy-efficient and climate-resilient while minimising our impact on the environment. 
“A more considered approach to building design, construction, and operation will reduce waste, conserve water, and lower household energy bills while improving overall comfort and liveability for building occupants.
“This is just one of the many ways the Shire works towards a sustainable Peninsula. We’ve also recently achieved Carbon Neutral Accreditation, launched the second round of Climate Action Grants, and rolled out a range of education programs to help our community respond to the challenges of climate change.”



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