Planning changes: residential building heights


In March this 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.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Councillor Bev Colomb, said 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.

“We have 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,” said Cr Colomb.

Council has responded swiftly to the changes, and sought an interim planning control for maximum building heights of two stories and nine metres. 


Attend a community information session:

Thursday 20 July, 6pm – 8pm
Rosebud Memorial Hall – 994 Point Nepean Road

Wednesday 26 July, 6pm – 8pm
Peninsula Community Theatre - 91 Wilsons Road

Wednesday 2 August, 6pm – 8pm
Tyabb Community Hall – 1535 Frankston-Flinders Road


To protect our townships from inappropriate development and the negative impact of recent state planning changes, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has prepared an Interim Peninsula Wide Design and Development Overlay (DDO) to be presented to the Minister for Planning for consideration.

This interim DDO will ensure that development is not inconsistent with the role and character of Mornington Peninsula townships.

Recently, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council expressed concern over changes in state planning that could allow much taller buildings to be constructed in residential areas across the peninsula.

Council reacted strongly to the recent introduction of changes to the state’s General Residential Zone provisions which now will allow construction of buildings up to three stories and 11 metres in height.

The change to the General Residential Zone, in the absence of additional planning controls, presents a significant risk of inappropriate development on the Peninsula.

The interim DDO will be applied to approximately 24,200 properties on the Mornington Peninsula, across the townships of Capel Sound, Rosebud, Dromana, Mount Martha, Mornington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said “our townships mean so much to our local residents and it’s our job as a Council to protect our residential areas from inappropriate development that is inconsistent with the low scale character of our Shire”. 

The interim DDO will have an expiry date of two years. This will allow the Shire to work on strategies that will likely result in the application of a similar planning control for these areas on a permanent basis. 

Amendment C212 - DDO Schedule 29

 C212 - DDO29 - Map 3(PDF, 321KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 5(PDF, 730KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 6(PDF, 602KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 8(PDF, 501KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 9(PDF, 312KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 12(PDF, 538KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 13(PDF, 402KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 14(PDF, 364KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 15(PDF, 386KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 16(PDF, 567KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 18(PDF, 432KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 19(PDF, 595KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 25(PDF, 459KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 26(PDF, 735KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 27(PDF, 548KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 28(PDF, 373KB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 32(PDF, 1MB)

C212 - DDO29 - Map 36(PDF, 337KB)







We seek your community group's support for Council's for the introduction of an interim Design and Development Overlay (Amendment C212) to ensure that development is not inconsistent with the role and character of Mornington Peninsula townships. The interim DDO will introduce a height control of 9 metres and two storeys.

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