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 inspect all documents relating to the amendment free of charge from Monday 15 February 2021 via the ‘Planning documents on exhibition’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website

The amendment is also available for public inspection, free of charge, during office hours at the following places:

Hastings office – 21 Marine Parade, Hastings

Mornington office – 2 Queen Street, Mornington

Rosebud office – 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud

How to Make a Submission

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission, which must be made in writing and include the following information:

  • Submitter’s name
  • Submitter’s contact address
  • Clear statement of the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed
  • Proposed changes (if any) to the amendment

The closing date for submissions is 2 April 2021 at 5pm

Online submission: Complete an online submission form

By email: download and complete printed submission form and email to:
Subject: Amendment C269morn - submission

By post:

Send your submission to:

Manager, Strategic Planning
Re: Amendment C269morn - submission

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud VIC 3939

Privacy Notice

The information you provide is collected by the Shire in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 for the purpose of considering your submission. For more information about the Shire’s privacy policy. Please note that the planning authority must make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

Next Steps

Submissions are public documents and Council must consider all submissions received during the exhibition period.

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

At the panel hearing, submitters can present their submissions or engage a consultant to present an argument 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 have made a submission, we will update you on the amendment’s progress.

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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