Planning Scheme Review Identifies Future Planning Pressure Points

Published on 22 November 2018

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The Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Review 2018, which allows the Council to be more strategic when responding to the Peninsula’s special planning needs, has identified future planning pressure points. 

The Planning Scheme Review has now been adopted by Council.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr. David Gill said the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme is one of the most important documents developed by the Council as it provides the foundation for the preservation of the unique environment of the Mornington Peninsula for future generations.

“The review of the effectiveness of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme is based around preserving the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge rural environment, the interface with townships and the coastal villages. The Review found the major threat is the Victorian Government’s planning decisions.

“The Review of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme should provide all sides of politics with an urgency to reset the Department of Planning’s approach which ultimately will destroy the environmental fabric of the Peninsula for future generations. 

“Currently planning policies designed for Melbourne and developing inner and outer suburbs are dumped on the environmentally sensitive Green Wedge and small-scale villages,” Cr. Gill said.

In 2017, the Victorian Government without any notice, changed the planning regulations in the Mornington Peninsula Shire to allow 24,000 housing sites (25% of housing within the Mornington Peninsula Shire) the automatic right to build new or renovate existing homes into three storey McMansion style homes throughout low scale developed townships and coastal villages. 

“This has now been compounded with a decision three days before the Caretaker Government, the former Planning Minister Richard Wynne, signed off another major change allowing six storey aged care facilities to be built in residential areas of townships and coastal villages. 

“These changes to the local planning laws will increasingly encourage multi-unit development with even greater impact on vegetation, road congestion and lowering of existing residential amenity and environment - the very reason people had made the Mornington Peninsula their home. 

“Villages and townships in the Mornington Peninsula Shire impacted by the Government’s change of local planning laws include Capel Sound, Rosebud, Dromana, Mount Martha, Mornington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern.

“The situation has also been compounded with the removal of massive retail development being proposed outside the commercial precinct of Mornington from normal Council planning processes limiting Council and community comment.

Cr. Gill thanked the community members who provided their thoughts on the effectiveness of the Planning Scheme during the review for their positive input.

“The community of the Mornington Peninsula should understand the massive population growth in Melbourne is now poised to increase development pressure on the Mornington Peninsula and its townships, coastal villages and Green Wedge rural areas.

“This is a situation which clearly focuses on the Importance of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Review 2018.”

Chair of the Planning Services Committee and Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper said “we strive to protect our townships from inappropriate development that is inconsistent with the unique low-scale character of our Shire.

The Shire will now submit the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Review 2018 to the Minister for Planning as required under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Background

The Planning Services Committee Meeting on 19 November 2018 following the public exhibition and submissions review process.

The Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme commenced on 6 May 1999 – two years after the amalgamation of the Flinders, Hastings and Mornington Shires.

This Scheme allows Council to be more strategic and streamlined when responding to the Peninsula’s special planning needs.

The Shire will now submit the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Review 2018 to the Minister for Planning as required under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. David Gill, Mayor, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – Mobile: 0437 129 016
Ron Smith, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – Mobile: 0417 329 201