Shire releases findings from 2023 Planning Scheme Review

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Mornington Peninsula Shire has completed its regular, four yearly review of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

The review evaluates the effectiveness of the planning scheme in achieving both State and local planning objectives.

The review recognises the significant progress the Shire has made in preparing key land use and development strategies and updating the planning scheme. It also highlights Council’s advocacy to State Government on planning matters that impact the Peninsula.

Key highlights from the review include:

  • Adopted strategies relating to housing, neighborhood character, environmental conservation, environmentally sustainable development, heritage preservation and industrial land.
  • The protection and management of environmentally significant areas such as the Green Wedge, Tootgarook Wetland and Balcombe Estuary.
  • The development of various township and structure plans, as well as parking precinct plans for our major activity centres.

The review report is now available on our website at:

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Simon Brooks:

“Council adopted the Review report at its meeting on 30 April. This was a substantial review of our planning scheme covering our amazing and diverse Shire.

“The review found that the planning scheme remains strategically robust and operationally sound. The review supports our developing and ongoing advocacy to State Government for:

  1. Action on sea level rise hazards.
  2. Reform of bushfire planning controls to minimise unnecessary vegetation loss.
  3. Stronger controls to protect our beloved Green Wedge.
  4. Elevated environmentally sustainable design standards to ensure new development is carbon neutral and resilient to climate change impact.
  5. Release of surplus land around the Port of Hastings.”

“We know these issues are important to our community so I encourage everyone to support the Shire’s advocacy efforts by writing to their local member of parliament and calling for action.”

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