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 implement key actions from the Baxter and Somerville Structure Plans. The Structure Plans (prepared in 2018) set out the vision for the future development of both townships and establish a planning framework to guide development and land use change into the future.

The amendment proposes to:

  • apply new Design and Development Overlay Schedules 25 and 30 (DDO25, DDO30) to the Baxter and Somerville town centres to provide design guidance, including building setback controls and height limits of up to three storeys,
  • apply new Design and Development Overlay schedule 31 (DDO31) to shops located on Frankston-Flinders Road in Baxter which introduces a discretionary building height requirement of 9 metres (two storeys), and
  • rezone land at 18 Thomas Street, Baxter to the Commercial 1 Zone (C1Z).

You can view all documents relating to the amendment free of charge via the Mornington Peninsula C269morn


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:


Where can I view Panel-related documents

The amendment and submissions have been reviewed by an independent planning panel appointed by the State Government. Council received the panel’s report on 17 September 2021.

All panel-related documents including the panel’s report can be found in the Document Library.

Council Decision

Council has considered the panel’s report and recommendations and decided to adopt the amendment with changes during the Planning Services Committee Meeting - 23 November 2021.

You can view the updated amendment documents in the attachments to the meeting minutes Planning Services Committee Meeting Attachment Book - 23 November 2021 - part 1

Council has now submitted the amendment to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Ministerial Decision

The Minister for Planning has decided to approve the amendment with changes.