Three Storey McMansion Planning Policy Continues to Threaten Peninsula

Published on 02 October 2018

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The Victorian Government’s removal of local planning controls in 2017 aimed at protecting the historic and established neighbourhoods of coastal villages and townships within the Mornington Peninsula Shire, is one the biggest threats to the environment and future liveability of the Peninsula. 

Cr. Bryan Payne, Mayor of the Mornington Peninsula Shire said last year, the Victorian Government, without any consultation overnight introduced a ‘McMansion’ style three-storey planning strategy for many townships and in existing and established neighbourhoods.

“The changes immediately impacted on approximately 24,000 properties, 26% of all residential properties on the Mornington Peninsula in the townships of Capel Sound, Rosebud, Dromana, Mount Martha, Mornington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern. 

“This form of potentially wall to wall three storey McMansion style of planning seen on Doncaster Road could lead to excessive over development of the Mornington Peninsula and is a major lack of policy direction and consideration of future generations. The Council is requesting the Government reverse the decision and reintroduce the Local Planning Schemes.”   

Cr. Bev Colomb said the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, over twelve months ago submitted a responsible planning scheme which accommodated sensible residential growth without threatening the Urban Growth Boundary of the Green Wedge or the overall character of the existing townships or coastal villages. 

Recently Cr. Bev Colomb ,Cr. Rosie Clark and Cr.Sam Hearn met with a number of Residents Organisations to discuss planning issues including concerns over the Department of Planning’s failure to address the community concerns of the blanket McMansion Three Storey Planning policy and to reintroduce the Local Planning Schemes.

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