Protecting Mornington Peninsula's Green Wedge – we need your help

Published on 31 July 2020

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At its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 20 July 2020, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council refused the planning application for a proposed Residential Aged Care Facility and Retirement Village at 60 Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza.
 
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor and Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn said “Council’s unanimous rejection of this application reflects the significant community concern about the appropriateness of the development”.
 
“Ultimately in rejecting this, Council’s aim is to protect the unique rural and green break between Mt Eliza and the township of Mornington”.
 
Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark said “with over 1000 letters of objection, this is the highest number of community submissions Council has received for a planning application in recent years. We are committed to hearing our community’s voice and protecting our townships”.
 
Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said “This overdevelopment does not reflect the character of this neighbourhood. If it proceeds it would have negative impacts on the coastal landscape, the environment, and the historical value of the site. Council’s refusal decision was based on good planning for the future of this area”.
 
Council is now calling on the community to help advocate to the Minister for Planning to protect the Peninsula’s precious Green Wedge land and special landscape character.
 
Council currently has before the Minister for Planning an amendment to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme (Amendment C270morn).
 
This amendment seeks to protect land outside the Urban Grown Boundary from inappropriate development that could have a negative impact on the Peninsula’s rural and coastal landscape.

It does this by proposing to rezone a number of sites that are outside the Urban Grown Boundary from the Special Use Zone to the Green Wedge Zone.
 
One of these sites that is proposed to be rezoned is 60 Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza. If the rezoning is approved, inappropriate uses such as a Residential Aged Care Facility and Retirement Village would become prohibited.
 
Councillor Antonella Celi and Planning Services Committee Chair said “we can work together to help protect the Green Wedge by contacting the Minister’s office via email (richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au) to voice your objection to this application and encourage the Minister to authorise the  Planning Scheme Amendmen C270mornt”.

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