Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy

What is this project about?

This project considers the potential impacts of coastal climate change on villages and townships 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 Western Port Coastal Villages 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.

Study Area

The study area includes commercial, industrial, residential and foreshore land within the following townships:

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

Project status

The Shire appointed urban planning consultants Ethos Urban to undertake this project on Council’s behalf.

A draft of the Strategy and associated individual township framework plans was prepared based on community input as well as extensive research and analysis conducted by the project team.

On 20 May 2019, Council's Planning Services Committee resolved to place the draft Strategy, together with its companion background documents (the Issues & Opportunities Report and Phase 1 Consultation Summary) on public exhibition for a period of six weeks from 27 May 2019 to 7 July 2019.

Exhibition has now closed and Council is currently considering all written submissions received.

The draft Strategy will be revised having regard to the feedback provided within submissions, with the Strategy to be finalised and adopted by Council towards the end of 2019.

Any persons who provided written submissions on the draft Strategy will be notified when the final version of the Strategy is to be presented to Council’s Planning Services Committee for adoption.

 Further information

Phone: 5950 1010

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