Shire to explain planning changes

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THREE public meetings are being held to explain changes to state government planning regulations that allow 11 metre high three storey buildings in residential areas across the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula Shire councillors are concerned about the changes which will affect those living in Rosebud, Dromana, Capel Sound, Bittern, Hastings, Tyabb, Somerville and Baxter.

“My fellow councillors and I believe these information sessions are a great opportunity for those in affected townships and surroundings to hear about the planning changes and what the shire is doing to save their character,” the mayor Cr Bev Colomb said.

At a recent planning services committee meeting, councillors backed an interim peninsula wide design and development overlay (DDO) which will be presented to planning minister Richard Wynne for his consideration.

“The change to the general residential zone, in the absence of additional planning controls, presents a significant risk of inappropriate development on the peninsula,” planning services manager David Bergin said.

“To protect our townships … from the negative impact of these planning changes, this interim DDO will ensure that development is not inconsistent with the role and character of Mornington Peninsula townships.”

The interim DDO will expire after two years – allowing the shire time to work on strategies that will likely result in the application of similar planning controls for these areas on a permanent basis. It will affect about 24,200 properties.

Information sessions will be held at:

  • Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Rd, 6-8pm, Thursday 20 July
  • Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington, 6-8pm, Wednesday 26 July, and
  • Tyabb Community Hall, 1535 Frankston-Flinders Rd, 6-8pm, Tyabb, Wednesday 2 August.

Light suppers will be provided.

To learn more about the planning changes visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/planningchanges. 

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 11 July 2017

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