Putting our township character first

Published on 11 September 2017

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Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 4 September to refuse a planning application for a proposed development of land for a three-storey apartment building located at 329 Point Nepean Road, Dromana.

The development proposal was for 73 apartments, basement car parking, vegetation removal and associated works.

The Shire received several objections from surrounding owners, occupiers and the nearby community regarding the application citing worries including traffic and parking congestion, foreshore view disturbances, and no respect for neighbourhood character.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said the Shire is determined to respect the values and character of the Mornington Peninsula’s townships. 

“Our townships mean so much to our residents and it is our job as a Council to protect our residential areas from inappropriate development that is inconsistent with the low-scale character of our Shire. Our planning over many years allows for growth in the right places.

“Our Shire-wide Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 will help protect us from future development like this, by outlining out direction for future housing and population growth on the peninsula over the next 15 years, and will assist with good planning for many years to come.

“You can still have your say on this draft strategy by visiting the Shire’s website at mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay.

“I encourage the local community to take the opportunity to provide their feedback on this draft strategy - this a great opportunity to have your voices heard about future development on the peninsula.

“Recently, we have seen substantial support from our residents for the Shire Council to protect our peninsula from inappropriate development. We are still requesting the Minister to come and visit and discuss the issues.

“We take this opportunity to thank our community for being so involved and engaged at improving and safeguarding good planning for the peninsula,” said Councillor Colomb.