Planning strategies

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RESIDENTS are being invited to have their say on planning for the Mornington Peninsula’s future.

The Neighbourhood Character Study, which will affect the whole shire, and the Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy, which will only affect Western Port towns, are both in their draft stages.

The shire says the Neighbourhood Character Study is designed to retain the “unique values” of residential areas, capturing the key characteristics of each area.

The Western Port Coastal Villages Strategy will provide policy and guidelines to manage development on public and private land to retain and enhance township character and address climate change impacts relating to sea level rise.

A draft framework has been prepared for each Western Port town that sets out a vision, the preferred character and design guidelines for the commercial, industrial, and foreshore areas.

“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,” the mayor Cr David Gill said.

“This is a great opportunity for [us all] to discuss solutions about coastal climate change, as well as understand the existing and preferred character attributes of our townships.”

Community consultation begins this week and closes 5pm, Sunday 7 July.

To view the draft reports and provide input visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay. Documents are also available at the shire’s offices at Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings.

First published in the Western Port Times – 29 May 2019

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