Planning changes: residential building heights


Last year, the state government introduced changes to residential planning zones on the peninsula. 

The changed planning controls now make it easier for three-storey houses to be built within many township areas of the peninsula.

The changes will affect more than 24,000 properties across the Shire.

Affected Townships:

  • Capel Sound
  • Rosebud
  • Dromana
  • Mornington East
  • Baxter
  • Somerville
  • Tyabb
  • Hastings
  • Bittern

The introduction of a three storey, 11 metre height limit in the General Residential Zone can now often occur without even a planning permit.

The height limit changes are inconsistent with the character of the peninsula’s residential areas, and present a significant risk of inappropriate development.

This change is strongly opposed by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

Our Planning Scheme, which has taken shape following close consultation with our communities, reflects the peninsula’s village appeal, while also fostering a substantial and diverse local economy and areas of national and international conservation significance.

The Shire has worked well with the state government on many planning issues over the years and we seek to continue this partnership and will advocate to the state government for appropriate planning controls that that ensure the Mornington Peninsula maintains its special values.

We seek your support for Council's introduction of amendment C219 which will implement actions of the recently adopted Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 which aims to outline directions for future housing and population growth on the peninsula over the next 15 years.

We invite you to write to the below to reiterate the need to protect the special character of the Mornington Peninsula and to emphasise that three storey houses are not appropriate.

The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning, Level 16, 8 Spring Street, East Melbourne Vic 3002 

The following questions may help you in writing your own letter to the Minister.

You don’t need to be limited to these ideas:

  • How important is the ‘low-scale’ character of the peninsula to you? How does this character contribute to your sense of place and connection to your neighbourhood?
  • Do you think that three storey dwellings would have a negative impact on the unique character of the peninsula’s townships?
  • Do you think it is important that the peninsula retains a different character to the rest of Melbourne?
  • Do you think that the unique character of the peninsula provides something of value for Melbourne and Victoria more broadly? In what ways?

Email the Minister



This amendment seeks to ensure the Peninsula will grow in accordance with the clear parameters provided in the State and Local Planning Policy and the Shire’s adopted Housing and Settlement Strategy.

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