Planning Scheme Amendment C269morn proposes to implement the Baxter and Somerville Structure Plans by introducing building design guidance and height limits of up to three storeys to the commercial areas of Baxter and Somerville. It also proposes to rezone land at 18 Thomas Street, Baxter to Commercial 1 Zone as identified in the Baxter Structure Plan.

The amendment applies to:

The townships of Baxter and Somerville

The amendment is required to give statutory effect to the Baxter and Somerville Structure Plans. The Baxter and Somerville Structure Plans (prepared in 2018) set out the vision for the future development of the townships. They establish a planning framework to guide development and land use change into the future.

The amendment proposes to introduce and apply Schedules 25 and 30 to the Design and Development Overlay to the Baxter and Somerville Town Centres. These provide design guidance including height limits of up to three storeys and setback controls for development within the town centres. In addition, Schedule 31 to the Design and Development Overlay is applied to the local shops located on Frankston-Flinders Road, Baxter and introduces a discretionary height requirement of 9 metres (two storeys).

Land at 18 Thomas Street, Baxter is proposed to be rezoned to reflect the Baxter Structure Plan. The land is identified as appropriate for commercial uses.

You can view all documents relating to the amendment free of charge via the Mornington Peninsula C269morn webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website


Viewing of Submissions

Exhibition of the amendment concluded on Friday 2 April 2021.

You can view all submissions, which have been redacted to protect submitters’ privacy:


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 all submissions to an independent planning panel. Council may also decide to split the amendment.

Council will decide at the following meeting:

15 June 2021 Planning Services Committee

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 be represented by another person. 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 all submissions to an independent panel:

Directions hearing – to commence in the week beginning Monday, 26 July 2021

Panel hearing – to commence in the week beginning Monday, 23 August 2021