Planning for the Peninsula's Future

More than 164,000 people reside in the Mornington Peninsula's 40 major towns, villages and rural districts. By 2036, the population is forecast to grow to over 180,000.

Managing growth and development to ensure that the significant and unique values of the Peninsula remain protected is a constant challenge for the Shire.

Strategic planning projects analyse current issues and prepare the plans and strategies needed to guide land use and development towards the Shire’s planning objectives.Strategic-Planning-Cycle.png(PNG, 111KB)

The Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme is managed, maintained and sometimes amended by our Planning unit, these changes are called planning scheme amendments.

To ensure plans and strategies adopted in the past are still effective in guiding the Peninsula today, the Shire regularly monitors their performance and content.

The four phases of Strategic Planning are: analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring.

The Shire also advocates, on the behalf of the community, to the Victorian Government and Minister for Planning on various planning issues.  Learn more on our Strategic Planning Resources page.

Planning scheme amendments

From time to time, changes are made to a planning scheme. These changes are called ‘amendments’ and may be introduced to respond to changes in an area, implement the recommendations or vision of an adopted plan or strategy, incorporate a new Council policy, or improve how the scheme operates.

What is a planning scheme?

A planning scheme is a legal document prepared by the local council or the Minister for Planning, and approved by the Minister. It contains policies and provisions that control land use and development. Planning schemes apply to all private and public land in Victoria and are generally binding on everyone, with some exemptions. 

The administration and enforcement of a planning scheme is the duty of a responsible authority. In most cases this will be a local council, but it can be the Minister administering the Planning and Environment Act 1987 or any other Minister or public authority specified in the scheme. 

Read more about planning scheme structure.
View the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

Amending a planning scheme

From time to time, the Minister for Planning may instigate an amendment that affects the planning scheme of several or all municipalities in Victoria. An example is Amendment VC148 which introduced the Smart Planning program reforms to the Victoria Planning Provisions that affect every municipality's planning scheme. Besides the Minister, Council may initiate an amendment of its planning scheme. 

An amendment may seek to rezone land, insert a new overlay, insert a new local schedule to an existing zone or overlay, modify the local provisions of an existing zone or overlay, modify the boundary of an existing overlay, or delete an existing overlay. Alternatively, it may seek to introduce a new local policy into the Planning Policy Framework, modify the provisions of an existing local policy, or insert background documents. 

The amendment process is a formal statutory process governed by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. 

Read more about amending a planning scheme.
Read a technical guide to amendments under the Victoria’s planning system.