Council works towards protecting characteristics of Peninsula


21 October 2019

At its Planning Services Committee Meeting on Monday 14 October 2019, Council adopted both the ‘Neighbourhood Character Study & Guidelines’ and ‘Western Port Coastal Villages & Surrounding Settlements Strategy’.

These documents reflect Council’s position on protecting and enhancing local character and values of the Shire’s settlements, while responding to pressures for change and the challenges of coastal climate change within the Western Port region.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “we are pleased to have had such strong community and stakeholder involvement during the preparation of these essential documents”.

“During the last stage of consultation, over 600 community members provided their thoughts on both draft reports. It is inspiring to see how passionate the community are when it comes to protecting the character of the Peninsula.

“These studies are underpinned by the adopted Housing and Settlement Strategy and aim to improve and protect the unique characteristics of the Mornington Peninsula as set out in the Council Plan 2017-21,” concluded Councillor Gill.

Amendments to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme will now be initiated to implement these important strategic plans.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to the Planning Scheme as part of the amendment process.

Once approved by the Minister, the amendments will become part of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme which sets out the planning policy and controls that planning permit applications are assessed against.

This will ensure that future development respects and protects the preferred character of the Peninsula.

To view the adopted Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines report and Western Port Coastal Villages & Surrounding Settlements Strategy report, visit:

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