Submissions to the State Government

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

Independent Review of the Victorian Ports System Discussion Paper

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday, 17 August 2020 to make a submission on the

Independent Review of the Victorian Ports System Discussion Paper (July 2020).

The independent review was launched with the aim of exploring what has changed in nearly two decades since the last comprehensive review of Victoria’s ports in 2001, and whether the arrangements put in place at the turn of the century are still sufficient for the efficient operation of these key state assets.

The discussion paper sets out a range of themes, issues and options for consideration and comment by interested parties. Although it does not arrive at any final positions or conclusions, the paper is intended to stimulate further thought and commentary to assist the independent reviewer in developing useful findings and recommendations for the Minister’s ultimate consideration.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Feedback on the Independent Review of the Victorian Ports System Discussion Paper

Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the 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 proposed changes introduced by the Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning.

The proposed changes seek to update the Victorian planning system to bring it in line with the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 due to commence on 1 July 2021. The reform was initiated as part of the Victorian Government’s response to recommendations 10.3 and 14.2 of the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

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

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on Integrating Environment Protection Reform into Land Use Planning

Permanent Planning Provisions for Non-government Schools

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the 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 proposed changes to permanent planning provisions for 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 in the Victoria Planning Provisions to identify opportunities to fast-track non-government school approvals.

In December 2019, the Victorian Government gazetted Amendment 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.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on Permanent Planning Provisions for Non-government Schools

Buffer Area Overlay

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday, 17 February 2020 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the draft Buffer Area Overlay.

The proposed Buffer Area Overlay (BAO) aims to strengthen planning tools to better manage land use and development in areas potentially affected by a range of health and safety impacts from industry and other uses. The proposed overlay has been developed as part of the Planning for Buffers and Separation Distances project.

The need for the BAO was flagged during public consultation on proposed updates to the Planning Policy Framework and Clause 53.10 (Uses with adverse potential). The proposed updates aimed to strengthen policy for managing buffers, clarify how industries and other uses need to respond to the potential for off-site impacts and include up-to-date standards and guidelines.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Draft Buffer Area Overlay

Land Use Buffers and Separation Distances

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the 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 Land Use Buffers and Separation Distances review.

The proposed changes sought to update the Planning Policy Framework and Clause 53.10 of the Victoria Planning Provisions with the aim to improve the way the planning system addresses buffers for amenity, human health and safety impacts.

The proposed changes aimed to strengthen policy for managing buffers, clarify how industries and other uses need to respond to the potential for off-site impacts and include up-to-date standards and guidelines.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Land Use Buffers and Separation Distances Review

Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the 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 draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan.

The draft Plan builds on policies, strategies and actions in Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 and its associated 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, and seeks to put in place a planning framework to support state and local governments to plan more effectively for future employment and industry needs, and better inform future strategic directions.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Draft Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan

Metropolitan Open Space Strategy

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday, 18 November 2019 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the draft Metropolitan Open Space Strategy.

The Strategy is underpinned by a key direction in Plan Melbourne 2019-2050 that seeks to strengthen the integrated metropolitan open space network through better planning, design and use of new and existing public open space by developing innovative approaches to access and making use of other types of public land such as waterways, school grounds and utility easements.

The Strategy is required to ensure Melbourne’s growing population is provided with, and has access to, quality open space through a fair and equitable provision of open space that meets the needs of all members of the community regardless of age, gender, ability or a person’s location.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Draft Metropolitan Open Space Strategy

Planning Reforms for Extractive Industries

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday, 17 June 2019 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the proposed planning reforms for the Extractive Industry.

In August 2018, the Minister for Planning and the then Minister for Resources released a Joint Ministerial Statement 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 Statement, the Victorian Government has committed to changing planning rules to provide greater flexibility for the commencement of extractive industry operations and periods of inactivity.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on Planning Reforms for Extractive Industries

Solar Energy Facilities - Design and Development Guideline

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the 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 Guideline.

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

The Guideline provide clear and technically robust advice for councils, proponents, regulators and the community on establishing well-located and best practice facilities.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Draft Solar Energy Facilities - Design and Development Guideline

Land Use Terms and Definitions

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 to make a submission to the Advisory Committee on the Land Use Terms and Definitions Discussion Paper.

The Land Use Terms Advisory Committee was appointed by the Minister for Planning in December 2017 to review and recommend improvements to land use terms and their definitions in Clause 74 of the Victoria Planning Provisions as 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 Program is to increase the effectiveness and operational efficiency of planning schemes.

You can download Council’s submission to the Advisory Committee using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Land Use Terms and Definitions Discussion Paper

Residential Aged Care Facilities Reform

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday, 5 February 2018 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the draft Particular Provision of the Victoria Planning Provisions proposed by the Residential Aged Care Facilities reform.

The reform was initiated by the Minister for Planning with the view of creating a more streamlined approach to developing residential aged care facilities to meet existing and future demand from an ageing population and allow older people to age in their local community.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Residential Aged Care Facilities Reform

Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday, 20 November 2017 to make a submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on the Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions Discussion Paper.

The Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) are the planning policies and controls upon which all land use planning decisions are made. Cumulative amendments to the VPP and local planning schemes over the past 20 years have led to increasingly long and complex planning schemes resulting in complexity, duplication, delays and uncertainty. The Victorian Government, through its Smart Planning Program launched in July 2016, is simplifying and improving the operation of the planning system to make it the most efficient and responsive in the country.

On 16 October 2017, DELWP released a discussion paper on the proposed changes to the structure and operation of the VPP. The proposed changes include:

  • 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.

You can download Council’s submission to DELWP using the link below:

MPSC Submission on Reforming the Victoria Planning Provisions

Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Reform

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) resolved at the Ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 to make a submission to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) on the proposed changes to planning controls for animal industries contained in the Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Report released by the Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Planning.

The proposed changes, which are part of the Victorian Government’s cross-departmental response to the Animal Industries Advisory Committee’s Final Report under the Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Reform, seek to better support the establishment and expansion of productive, competitive and market-responsive animal industries in Victoria, whilst balancing environmental outcomes and community expectations.

You can download Council’s submission to DEDJTR using the link below:

MPSC Submission on the Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Reform