Submissions to State Government

From time to time Council prepares submissions to State Government on matters that affect the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

Planning Reforms for Extractive Industry

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council resolved at its Planing Service Committee Meeting on Monday 17 June 2019 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on proposed planning reforms for Extractive Industry in Victoria. 

In August 2018, the Minister for Planning and the then Minister for Resources released a Joint Ministerial Statement (JMS) - Extractive Resources to deliver a better approach for land use planning and regulation that will assist quarries to keep operating and new sites to develop alongside growing suburbs and communities. 

Through the JMS, the Victorian Government has committed to changing planning rules to provide greater flexibility for the commencement of extractive industry operations and periods of inactivity. 

Councils and other agencies were invited to provide feedback through a submission to the proposed changes by 21 June 2019. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response which can be found below:

Submission_MPSC_Planning_Reforms_for_Extractive_Industries_18062019.pdf(PDF, 192KB)  

Draft Solar Energy Facilities – Design and Development Guidelines submission 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 18 February 2019 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the draft Solar Energy Facilities – Design and Development Guidelines.

The Guidelines outline the assessment and development process for largescale solar energy facilities in Victoria – otherwise known as solar farms.

The Guidelines are to be used by councils, proponents, regulators and the community alike to provide clear and technically robust advice on establishing well located, best practice facilities.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the draft Solar Energy Facilities – Design and Development Guidelines, which can be found below:

Draft Solar Energy Facilities – Design and Development Guidelines submission(PDF, 371KB)  

Land Use Terms Advisory Committee

In December 2017 the Minister for Planning has appointed an Advisory Committee to review and recommend improvements to land use terms and their definitions in Clause 74 of the Victorian Planning Provisions. This is part of the Smart Planning program.

The Victorian Government initiated the Smart Planning program to reform and modernise the Victorian planning system. The aim of the Smart Planning program is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the operation of planning schemes.

The Advisory Committee is now seeking submissions on its Land Use Terms and Definitions Discussion Paper. The following is the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s submission to the Advisory Committee as adopted by Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 27th March 2018.

Land Use Terms Advisory Committee Submission(PDF, 543KB)

Residential Aged Care Facilities Reform

Residential Aged Care Facilities Reform

Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Submission to State Government

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) has released proposed changes to planning controls for animal industries for consultation. The changes are part of the ongoing response to the Animal Industries Advisory Committee, with the intention to improve the current Victorian planning systems. The improvements are proposed to better support the establishment and expansion of productive, competitive and market-responsive animal industries in Victoria, whilst balancing environmental outcomes and community expectations.

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on proposed reforms to planning controls for Victoria's animal industries. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response to the Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Reforms which can be found below.

Sustainable Animal Industries Submission(PDF, 158KB)

Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions Submission to State Government

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on 16 October 2017 has released a discussion paper proposing changes to the structure and operation of the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP). The initiatives form part of the Victorian Government’s Smart Planning Program, which was launched in July 2016. The program seeks to deliver long term, transformative change to the Victorian Planning System. The document proposes a number of changes to the VPPs including: restructuring and redrafting provisions; widening the opportunity to use the VicSmart assessment pathway for simple applications; reviewing and rationalising planning permit triggers; reviewing and increasing permit exemptions; and removing superfluous provisions.

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on the proposed reforms to the Victoria Planning Provisions. The deadline for submissions to the discussion paper is 5:00pm on Friday 24 November 2017. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response to Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions which can be found below:

Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions Submission(PDF, 620KB)

Draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 16 December 2019 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the proposed Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan. 

The draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan builds on policies, strategies and actions in Plan Melbourne and its associated Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 Five-Year Implementation Plan. It is intended to provide an overview of current and future needs for industrial and commercial land across metropolitan Melbourne, of which the Mornington Peninsula is a part of, and seeks to put in place a planning framework to support state and local government to plan more effectively for future employment and industry needs, and better inform future strategic directions.

Information about the draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan can be found on DELWP’s ‘Engage’ website at the following link:

https://engage.vic.gov.au/planning-melbournes-industrial-and-commercial-land

DELWP invited submissions to the draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan by 31 December 2019. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response which can be found below:

Draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan(PDF, 344KB)

Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning - Submission to State Government

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 18 May 2020 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the ‘Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning’ proposed changes.

DELWP is proposing updates to Victoria’s land-use planning system to bring it in line with the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 due to commence on 1 July 2021. These reforms are introduced as part of the government’s response to recommendations 10.3 and 14.2 of the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The proposed updates will ensure that the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 and its subordinate instruments functions at commencement and that effective interaction between the environment protection framework and the planning system is maintained.

Information about the draft ‘Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning’ changes can be found on DELWP’s ‘Engage’ website via the following link:

 https://engage.vic.gov.au/integrating-environment-protection-reform-land-use-planning

DELWP invited submissions to the draft ‘Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning’ changes by 2 June 2020. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response which can be found below:

Intergrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning Submission(PDF, 297KB)

Planning for Victorian Non-Government Schools - Permanent Provisions - Submission to State Government

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council resolved at its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 18 May 2020 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on proposed changes to permanent planning provisions for ‘Victorian Non-Government Schools’.

Population projections indicate that school enrolments will continue to grow and are under pressure to expand to accommodate demand. To address these challenges, the Victorian Government made an election commitment on 8 October 2018 to:

…help build more schools for our growing suburbs sooner, by altering planning laws and creating a dedicated planning unit within the department to help fast-track non-Government school approvals for new schools and upgrades.

Consequently, DELWP reviewed the Planning Policy Framework to identify opportunities to fast-track non-Government school approvals.

In December 2019, the Victorian Government gazetted Amendment VC165 (VC165), which facilitated the construction and upgrade of non-Government schools that receive funding under the Victorian Government’s non-Government Schools Capital Fund. Further measures have been developed to build on the changes implemented by VC165.

DELWP invited comments directly from the Mornington Peninsula Shire with submissions due by 22 May 2020. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has submitted a response which can be found below:

Planning for Victorian Non-Government Schools Submission(PDF, 436KB)