Housing and Settlement Strategy

The Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy: Refresh 2020-2036 (adopted July 2020) outlines how future housing and population growth will be accommodated on the Mornington Peninsula over the next 16 years while ensuring the special values and character of the Peninsula are protected for current and future Victorians.

The Strategy applies to all residential areas and activity centres of the Peninsula within the metropolitan Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) as well as the few small areas zoned General Residential Zone and Low Density Residential Zone outside the UGB.


Why Prepare a Housing and Settlement Strategy?

According to Victoria In Future 2019, the population of Mornington Peninsula is projected to increase from 161,530 in 2016 to 200,360 in 2036. The projected increase of 38,830 people means that an additional 24,010 dwellings is needed. This translates to around 1,200 net new dwellings per year.

A strategy on housing and settlement is therefore needed to set out appropriate locations for future housing and population growth on the Mornington Peninsula over the next 16 years to 2036 while conserving the things we value about the Peninsula.

The Strategy has been prepared in accordance with Planning Practice Note 90: Planning for Housing and Planning Practice Note 91: Using the Residential Zones. A key element of the Strategy is the Housing Change Framework (HCF), which identifies the areas where the level of housing change will be substantial, incremental or minimal based on the following four residential change criteria:

  • strategic context
  • connectivity
  • environment
  • neighbourhood and landscape character

Vision and Key Directions

The vision of the Strategy, which stems from the Shire's Council Plan 2017-2021 and the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement (Victorian Government, 2014) is:

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council seeks to manage the demand for housing and associated population growth in a way that recognises the special values of the Mornington Peninsula, supports the inclusiveness and liveability of the townships and villages, and enhances the health and wellbeing of the community.

The key directions are to:

  • recognise the limits to the capacity of the Peninsula and of the individual towns and villages to accommodate further growth.
  • give priority to the protection of residential character and amenity.
  • identify and make provision for changing housing needs to the extent that is consistent with the role, character and function of each township and settlement.
  • determine appropriate change through a consultative process.
  • ensure that future development is properly supported with infrastructure and services