Protecting township character and responding to rising sea levels

Published on 22 February 2022


We are proposing changes to our planning scheme to protect township character and respond to climate change impacts from sea level rise around Western Port.

Planning Scheme Amendments C271morn and C282morn aim to:

  • Ensure new developments in coastal areas respond to erosion and inundation hazards from predicted sea level rise.
  • New development in commercial and industrial areas respect the height, scale and design of existing buildings.

These changes will help us to deliver on our commitments in the Council and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 to foster well-planned townships and protect the community from climate change impacts at a time when a Climate Emergency has been declared.
The changes affect land in Hastings, Tyabb, Bittern, Crib Point, Balnarring and Balnarring Beach, Flinders, Red Hill and Red Hill South, Somers, Merricks and Merricks Beach, Point Leo and Shoreham.


Community consultation is currently open and closes 5pm, 22 April 2022.


For more information or to provide your feedback visit:  
Hard copy submission forms are available at our customer service centres.

In person community information sessions

To provide a COVID-safe environment, bookings are essential for in person sessions. Places are limited, to RSVP visit:

Hastings Community Hall
Thursday 10 March 2022, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
3 High Street, Hastings
Balnarring Community Hall
Wednesday 16 March 2022, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
3041 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring
RW Stone Pavilion (Somers)
Thursday 17 March 2022, 2pm – 4pm
68 Camp Hill Road, Somers
Main Ridge Community Hall
Wednesday 23 March 2022, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
441 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge  
Shoreham Community Hall
Thursday 24 March 2022, 10.30am – 12.30pm
67 Byrnes Road, Shoreham

Online sessions

  • Wednesday 9 March 2022, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 March 2022, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 April 2022, 10am – 12pm

Registrations to attend the online session will open soon here:  

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
"We want to help safeguard our community by ensuring future developments are designed to withstand the environment and conditions they are built in, while maintaining township character.
"We're now seeking your feedback on these amendments to the planning scheme. I encourage you to go to our website to learn more about the changes and provide your feedback. You can also join us at community information sessions throughout March and April, conducted in person or online, where you'll be able to chat with Shire planning officers."


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