Coastal Villages and Neighbourhoods Strategy

What is this project about?

This project considers the potential impacts of coastal climate change on villages and neighbourhoods along Western Port Bay and nearby areas, delivering design and character frameworks for individual settlements that will guide future development to respond to threats of coastal erosion, flooding, sea level rise and storm surge over the next 15 to 20 years. 

Why is this project needed?

Long term planning and appropriate design for all aspects of public and private development is a major focus of the Shire, reflecting increasing community expectations regarding the quality of the built environment and how development should respond to climate change on the Peninsula. Preparation of the Coastal Villages and Neighbourhoods Strategy is designed to respond to these concerns in line with the findings and recommendations of the Western Port Local Coastal Hazard Assessment.

The Western Port Local Coastal Hazard Assessment identifies land vulnerable to coastal climate change, providing detailed mapping, modelling and data to help authorities understand and plan for associated hazards and risks. The assessment recommends that settlements along Western Port Bay and neighbouring areas be prepared for possible sea level rise of 0.8 metres by 2100.

To ensure future development is responsive to the implications of sea level rise, adequate guidelines that control built form aspects such as setbacks, site coverage and buildings heights are necessary. The guidelines will take the form of design and character frameworks for each individual area. The frameworks will be tailored to ensure development protects and enhances the unique character and sense-of-place of each settlement.

Funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) with in kind officer support from the Mornington Peninsula Shire, the Strategy and associated design and character frameworks will be prepared with input from the community and stakeholders of each settlement in an open and consultative process.

Outcomes of the project are expected to inform changes to corresponding provisions and policy within the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

Settlements considered by the Strategy

The neighbourhoods and villages considered in this Strategy are:

  • Hastings
  • Tyabb
  • Bittern
  • Crib Point
  • Balnarring
  • Flinders
  • Red Hill
  • Somers
  • Balnarring Beach
  • Merricks 
  • Merricks North
  • Merricks Beach
  • Point Leo
  • Shoreham

Project status

The Shire has appointed urban planning consultants EthosUrban for this project.

Due for completion in late 2019, the first phase of community engagement has been undertaken with the consultant team currently finalising draft reports. A draft of the Strategy and associated individual Design and Character Frameworks for each township will be released for community comment in mid-2019.

Further information

Phone: 5950 1010

Email: strategic.planning.projects@mornpen.vic.gov.au