Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy

Draft Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017

The draft Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 (the HSS) seeks to outline directions for future housing and population growth on the Mornington Peninsula over the next 15 years. The HSS also aims to recognise the particular values and character of the Mornington Peninsula and to ensure that these critical aspects are properly protected.

The draft HSS was placed on exhibition until the 25th of September 2017. Several submissions have been received and reviewed by Council officers. A report on the submissions has been prepared and a revised final HSS will be presented to Council during the Council Meeting on Monday, 4 December 2017.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Council Meeting at the Rosebud Council Chambers from 7 pm.

A Summary of Key Points

The HSS can be summarised in terms of the drivers of change, the implications for the Peninsula and the proposed response(s):

  • The southern region of Melbourne is expected to experience relatively high demand for housing over the next 20 years. This is based on anticipated population growth from both natural increase and net migration.
  • The level of population growth in the region, the attractive environments of the Peninsula and improvements in the road transport network (primarily Peninsula Link) suggest rising demand for residential development on the Peninsula, which could, if unregulated, lead to substantial change.
  • However, rather than simply accommodate ‘trends’ and market demands, it is important to base the Peninsula’s housing and settlement strategy on coherent policy directions.
  • Having regard to the protection of the Mornington Peninsula, as outlined in the State Planning Policy Framework, the Mornington Peninsula Planning Statement (2014) and PLAN MELBOURNE 2017, the Peninsula is intended to accommodate at most moderate and generally low levels of housing growth, with many smaller towns and villages intended to accommodate very limited further development.
  • Accordingly, the key directions for the Mornington Peninsula relate to the containment of future residential development within established township/urban growth boundaries, and the protection of neighbourhood character and liveability within the existing townships.
  • It is still important to provide for some new housing development in appropriate locations to support the existing and emerging needs of the local community, including the increasing demand for older persons housing. Additional housing and population growth in appropriate locations can also support the provision of new community infrastructure and strengthen local economies. However, the policies for the Mornington Peninsula give a strong priority to the recognition and protection of township and neighbourhood character.
  • At this stage, it appears that the existing zones and overlays contained within the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme would enable in the order of 9,015 new dwellings to be developed, representing approximately 20 year’s supply based on work by Council’s demographic consultants.  This would also represent a reasonable contribution to regional housing demand.

Having regard to these factors, the key strategic principles outlined in the HSS include:

  • Maintain clear township boundaries and particularly maintain the strategic landscape areas which provide for separation between townships.
  • Clearly designate and define through planning zones and overlays the expected level of change within all residential areas.  This is illustrated through the Housing Distribution Plans forming part of this strategy.
  • Provide for greater housing diversity within the Major Activity Centres and Larger township centres. However, relatively high-density forms of development should adhere to mandatory built form controls and should not dominate outside of these areas.
  • Retain the existing areas and precincts within the Low Density Residential Zone that have been developed for housing to meet ongoing demand for that form of property. These areas should not be exposed to adhoc re-development. However, some remaining areas of undeveloped and relatively isolated land in the LDRZ may be designated as “Investigation areas” for further consideration, provided the objectives of landscape protection, environmental conservation and ensuring strategic landscape breaks between townships are not compromised.  
  • Support proposals by the State Government to provide more social housing stock, provided such housing is carefully designed and integrated to avoid any distinct changes in character and built form within a neighbourhood.
  • Future planning should seek to determine in greater detail the future location and appropriate form of housing opportunities in each township, having regard to:
  • the role of each township in the hierarchy of townships on the Mornington Peninsula.
  • the character of residential areas and the aim of promoting ‘green neighbourhoods'.
  • the need to reduce exposure to environmental risks, including bushfire, and potential coastal inundation and erosion that may result from climate change.
  • the level and capacity of existing facilities, open space, and infrastructure;
  • the ability to access facilities, services, public transport and employment.

The full draft HSS may be downloaded here:

Housing Settlement Strategy Draft(PDF, 8MB)


Attachment 1 - Summary of State and Local Planning Policy Frameworks(PDF, 474KB)

Attachment 2 - Outline of New Residential Zone Provisions(PDF, 257KB)

Attachment 3 - Changes in Population and Dwellings 2011-2016(PDF, 406KB)

Attachment 4 - Community Profile and Demographic Projections(PDF, 1MB)

Attachment 5 - VIF and id Consulting projected dwelling demand(PDF, 362KB)

Attachment 6 - Housing Distribution Maps(PDF, 15MB)

Attachment 7 - Development Density Assumptions(PDF, 375KB)

Attachment 8 - Indicative Distribution of Future Housing Potential 2016-2031(PDF, 378KB)