Protecting the character of our townships

Published on 21 June 2017

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At a Planning Services Committee Meeting held on Monday 19 June, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council supported the preparation of an Interim Peninsula Wide Design and Development Overlay (DDO) to be presented to the Minister for Planning for consideration.

Recently, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council expressed concern over changes in state planning that could allow much taller buildings to be constructed in residential areas across the peninsula.

Council reacted strongly to the recent introduction of changes to the State’s General Residential Zone (GRZ) provisions which now will allow construction of buildings up to three stories and 11 metres in height.

The change to the General Residential Zone, in the absence of additional planning controls, presents a significant risk of inappropriate development on the Peninsula.

To protect our townships from inappropriate development and the negative impact of these state planning changes, this interim DDO will ensure that development is not inconsistent with the role and character of Mornington Peninsula townships.

The interim DDO will be applied to approximately 24,200 properties on the Mornington Peninsula, across the townships of Capel Sound, Rosebud, Dromana, Mount Martha, Mornington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said “our townships mean so much to our local residents and it’s our job as a Council to protect our residential areas from inappropriate development that is inconsistent with the low scale character of our Shire”. 

The interim DDO will have an expiry date of two years. This will allow the Shire to work on strategies that will likely result in the application of a similar planning control for these areas on a permanent basis.