Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines

What is this project about?

This project is about identifying and defining the distinctive and valued elements of neighbourhood character in the Shire’s residential areas and developing a set of precinct-based neighbourhood character guidelines that will help protect the existing character or provide for the transition towards a preferred future character.

Why is this project needed?

This project is needed to identify the character of our townships and settlements while accommodating appropriate growth and change.

Through the Neighbourhood Character Study, a detailed assessment of the design and character of our urban residential areas will be undertaken to define their character and outline preferred housing typologies.

The project will then establish a set of design guidelines to guide the design of new housing in different parts of the Shire to ensure that new buildings respect and fit into our established townships, settlements and natural environment.

Areas considered by the study

The study will primarily focus on residential areas that are within the Shire’s urban areas. These areas predominantly comprise the General Residential Zone (GRZ) and Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ) within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), but also include the small pockets of GRZ and LDRZ land outside the UGB.

Download the project brochure: Neighbourhood Character Study - Have Your Say Brochure(PDF, 289KB)

Project status

The Shire has appointed urban planning consultants Ethos Urban for this project, which is due for completion around the the second half of 2019.

We want to work collaboratively with the community and interested groups, associations and stakeholders to understand the local values and issues and to deliver a Study that incorporates the community’s feedback. Every resident, owner and interested party is encouraged to get involved and have their say.

The project team will consult with the community and stakeholders over two phases of engagement. The first phase is to seek input from the community and other interested parties to understand the local values and issues. The second phase will occur when the draft neighbourhood character guidelines and precinct statements are available for public comment sometime around May 2019.

The consultants have commenced early investigations and the first phase of community engagement, which began with the townships along the Western Port coastal area in conjunction with the Coastal Villages and Neighbourhoods Strategy project. Venues, dates and times of the listening posts for the townships along the Port Phillip coastal area are listed as follows.

Mount Eliza
Date and time: Saturday, 2 February 2019, 10 am to 12 pm
Venue: Village Green Park (adjacent to Mount Eliza Way, Canadian Bay Road and Ranelagh Drive)

Mornington
Date and time: Saturday, 2 February 2019, 2 pm to 4 pm
Venue: Front of Australia Post, Main Street

Dromana
Date and time: Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 10 am to 12 pm
Venue: Front of National Australia Bank, corner of Nepean Highway and Pier Street

Rosebud
Date and time: Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 2 pm to 4 pm
Venue: Rosebud Beach Shopping Centre signpost, near Woolworths

Rye
Date and time: Saturday, 9 February 2019, 9 am to 11 am
Venue: Clock tower, northern end of Napier Street

Blairgowrie
Date and time: Saturday, 9 February 2019, 12 pm to 2 pm
Venue: Front of IGA X-press, corner of Wilson Road and Point Nepean Road (service lane)

Sorrento
Date and time: Saturday, 9 February 2019, 3 pm to 5 pm
Venue: Beachside Visitor Information Centre, corner of George Street and Ocean Beach Road

Further information

Phone: 5950 1010

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