To what areas does schedule 3 to the DDO apply?
This schedule – known as the DDO3 – Coast and Landscape Design – generally applies to coastal villages, hillsides and clifftop areas, and does not allow for medium or high density development.
The DDO3 covers parts of Arthurs Seat, Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Dromana, Flinders, McCrae, Merricks Beach, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Mount Martha, Point Leo, Portsea, Rosebud, Shoreham, Somers and Sorrento.
In these areas a lower density and traffic contributes to the amenity of the area. As these areas have limited access to infrastructure, services and facilities including public transport, they are inappropriate for higher densities.
What are the design objectives for the DDO3?
To ensure that subdivision and development is responsive to the character of these areas.
To avoid higher densities of development in areas often prone to landslip, erosion or bushfires.
To retain the substantial vegetation cover that is a feature of these areas.
To ensure that new development has regard for the established streetscape and development pattern.
To protect shared viewlines where reasonable and practical.
To ensure that buildings are not obtrusive when viewed from surrounding streets and properties.
To ensure that subdivisions and developments proposals have proper regard for heritage values.
To ensure that developments have regard for bushfire risk.
Please note: this sheet is intended to provide general information, it is recommended you contact council to ensure this advice is applicable to your property
Are there specific permit requirements for new buildings, land uses or other development in the DDO3?
A planning permit is required for any new dwelling. However, an extension or alteration to an existing dwelling, or an outbuilding would only need a permit if it did not meet the general requirements by having:
Been located on a slope greater than 20% or on a ridge.
A wall height over 5.5 metres or a building height over 6 metres.
Earthworks (cut and/or fill) exceeding 1 metre (except for a swimming pool).
A setback of less than 10 metres from certain zones, main roads, and cliffs.
A setback of less than 7.5 metres from a front road or 3 metres from a side road.
Wall cladding of an unapproved material or a light or reflective colour (LRV more than 40%)
A relocatable or moveable building.
A planning permit is required for a fence if:
The side or rear fence is more than 2 metres in height.
The front fence is more than 1.8 metres in height or is less than 50% transparent.
The fence is less than 6 metres from the foreshore or a cliff, or is constructed of fibro cement sheet materials.
A building must have no more than two storeys above natural ground level at any point. Different areas have different maximum building heights, so please contact council to confirm the maximum height for your property.
Generally, there must be no more than one dwelling on a lot, and for subdivisions all new lots must be at least 1,500 square metres, and each lot must have minimum dimensions of 25 x 35 metres. In some areas all new lots must be at least 4,000 square metres