Strengthening planning controls for Sorrento

Published on 31 January 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has taken another step towards protecting its peninsula through strengthening local planning controls with the Acting Minister for Planning Lily D'Ambrosio approving mandatory height controls for Sorrento.

In July 2017 Council adopted Planning Scheme Amendment C204 to introduce a new Design and Development Overlay (DDO) for the commercial centre of Sorrento (mainly along Ocean Beach Road). 

The DDO aims to protect the distinctive character of Sorrento by introducing mandatory building height limits of 11 metres in areas that allow three stories and 8 metres in areas allowing two stories. It also introduces setback controls, whereby the third storey must be setback so it is not visually prominent from the opposite side of Ocean Beach Road.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor and Nepean Ward Councillor Bryan Payne thanked the Minister for seeing the importance of the Mornington Peninsula’s unique character.

“This is a great result for Sorrento and the broader peninsula community!

“We are determined to protect our townships from inappropriate development and this DDO will protect the history of this iconic township that has a local, state and national significance.

“This approval comes with an expiry date of 31 July 2019 and Council will continue to work with and seek support from the Minister for permanent DDO controls to avoid overdevelopment in the township,” said Cr Payne.

Nepean Ward Councillor Hugh Fraser said “we must be sympathetic to the history of Sorrento when bringing new developments to the township to protect the heritage values of this unique township.

“We are determined to ensure development within our townships is sympathetic and in the right places. 

“As the local council we are determined to reflect our community’s values, and protect the special character of the peninsula that is held so dearly by our local residents as well as people throughout the state and further who appreciate the uniqueness of the Mornington Peninsula,” said Councillor Fraser. 

To learn more visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/planningschemeamendments