Amendment C219morn: Housing for the Peninsula

The Peninsula’s population is growing. By 2036, there will be over 200,000 residents. This means the Peninsula will need around 1,200 new homes per year to provide enough housing.

The Shire has developed a sustainable approach to:

  • Meet the diverse range of housing needed for our community.
  • Direct future housing to appropriate areas.
  • Ensure the special values and character of the Peninsula are protected and enhanced.

We need to make changes to our Planning Scheme to implement this approach.

Planning Scheme Amendment C219morn proposes to make these changes by updating our residential zones and planning controls to ensure housing growth occurs in areas close to shops and services and away from environmental hazards like flooding and bushfires.

It recommends new controls for things like building height, siting, landscaping and fencing to ensure the design of new houses fits with the character of our neighbourhoods.

Amendment C219morn also proposes to simplify existing planning controls to make them easier to understand and reduce red tape, particularly to build or renovate one house on a lot.

Meeting the housing challenge

The amendment is proposing changes to the existing residential zones to ensure changes to housing occur in appropriate areas:

Minimal change area: Minimal housing change occurs in smaller townships or areas prone to environmental risks (e.g. bushfires, flooding and sea-level rise).

Incremental change area: Incremental housing change occurs in all other areas.

Substantial change area: Substantial housing change occurs in major townships (Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings) with more jobs, services and facilities.

How the residential zones will apply

The amendment will apply the residential zones as follows:

The amendment will rezone the existing GRZ in incremental or minimal change areas to the NRZ.

Protecting the Peninsula's special values and character

The amendment proposes to update the local planning controls that affect residential development. These controls relate to, for example:

  • building design
  • siting
  • landscaping
  • fences.

Future housing development will then respond better to the neighbourhood's preferred character.

Reducing the red tape for one dwelling on a lot

The amendment also proposes to reduce the cost and time to develop or extend one dwelling on a lot. This means updating specific Design and Development Overlays (DDOs) by removing:

  • permit requirements that deal with noncurrent issues
  • unnecessary or overly complex permit requirements
  • superfluous or redundant provisions.

Strategic work

The changes proposed under this amendment are supported by the following strategic work:

Land affected by the Amendment

The amendment applies to:

  • all land in the GRZ
  • all land in the LDRZ
  • all land affected by Schedules 1 to 7, 11, 17 to 20, and 22 to 24 to the DDO.

Why is the Amendment needed?

The amendment is required to:

  • ensure the character of the Peninsula’s residential areas is protected and enhanced as the Shire’s population continues to grow
  • improve the operational efficiency of the Planning Scheme so that more applications for one dwelling on a lot can be processed under the Building Regulations without needing a planning permit.

Where can I view the Amendment documentation?

You can inspect all documents relating to the amendment free of charge on the Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) website: Amendment C219morn.



What was the response to each submission?

You can read the response to each submission here:

Submissions Reviews and Officers' Response(PDF, 19MB)




Did Council refer submissions to a planning panel?

Yes. Council decided at the Council meeting on 24 October 2022 to refer submissions to an independent planning panel for review and recommendations. The panel was appointed by the Minister for Planning.

Was there a public panel hearing?

Yes. A Directions Hearing was held on 21 November 2022. The Panel Hearing was held on 14 February 2023 until 7 March 2023.

Next steps

The Mornington Peninsula Shire are working through each of the panel report recommendations and undertaking further strategic work to demonstrate that at least 15 years housing supply can be provided, as recommended by the panel.

Council will consider all submissions, including the panel’s report and recommendations, and decide whether to adopt or abandon the amendment in mid 2024. If Council adopts the amendment, with or without changes, the amendment is then submitted to the Minister for Planning for consideration and decision.

If you made a submission, we will update you on the amendment’s progress.


View the submissions

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