Planning Scheme Amendments C271morn and C282morn propose changes to planning controls affecting coastal and inland areas around Western Port to protect township character and help increase our community’s ability to adapt to climate change impacts caused by predicted sea level rise (specifically erosion and inundation).

The amendments apply to coastal and inland areas around Western Port, including Hastings, Tyabb, Bittern, Crib Point, Balnarring and Balnarring Beach, Flinders, Red Hill and Red Hill South, Somers, Merricks and Merricks Beach, Point Leo and Shoreham.

The changes to planning controls are based on recommendations from Council’s adopted Western Port Coastal Villages and Surrounding Settlements Strategy (2019) and Crib Point Township Plan Refresh (2021).

To view relevant amendment documentation relating to each amendment, see individual amendment pages.

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Planning Scheme Amendments C271morn and C282morn do NOT address:

  • Other climate change impacts such as bushfire risk and urban heat island impacts.
  • Residential neighbourhood character – this is taken care of by Amendment C219 (which implements Council’s adopted Housing & Settlement Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study & Guidelines)
  • Green Wedge land (the new controls are confined to township areas only)

Strategic work

The changes proposed under these amendments are supported by the following strategic work:

Viewing of Submissions

Exhibition of Amendment C271morn concluded on Friday, 6 May 2022 and Amendment C282morn concluded on 22 April 2022. You can view all submissions below, which have been redacted to protect submitters’ privacy:

Amendment C271morn and C282orn – submissions

Council Decision

Council is considering all submissions received during the exhibition period. If concerns raised in submissions can be resolved by making changes to the amendment, Council will decide whether to adopt the amendment with changes.

If concerns raised in submissions cannot be resolved by making changes to the amendment, Council will decide whether to abandon the amendment or refer submissions to an independent planning panel. Council may also decide to split the amendment.

Council will decide during the Planning Services Committee meeting 18 July 2022.

Next Steps

If Council decides to refer submissions to an independent planning panel, the panel will consider all submissions referred to it. It also gives anyone who made a written submission an opportunity to present their key points at the panel hearing. Submitters can present their submissions to the panel in person or have someone else (such as a consultant) present on their behalf. You can read more about planning panels and the panel hearing process via the ‘Guide to planning panels’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Council will consider the panel’s report and recommendations before deciding whether to adopt or abandon the amendment. If Council adopts the amendment with or without changes, the amendment is then submitted to the Minister for Planning for consideration and decision. If Council abandons the amendment, the Minister will be informed of Council’s decision.

If you made a submission, we will update you on the amendment’s progress. If you did not make a submission but would like to receive notification of the amendment’s progress, please click ‘Follow’ on the amendment’s webpage.

The following directions and panel hearing dates have been pre-set as a contingency if Council decides to refer submissions to an independent panel:

Directions hearing – to commence in the week of Monday, 19 September 2022

Panel hearing – to commence in the week of Monday, 17 October 2022