Introduction

Planning Scheme Amendment C232morn proposes to introduce a new local planning policy into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme to provide guidance for achieving Environmentally Sustainable Development/ Design (ESD). The purpose of the policy is to ensure that new development on the Mornington Peninsula that requires a planning permit achieves best practice in environmental sustainability, from the design stage through to construction and operation.

The policy contains an objective and strategies for achieving best practice in energy performance, integrated water management, indoor environment quality, transport, waste management and urban ecology.

The policy identifies which types of residential and non-residential development (that need a planning permit) must comply with the policy and the type of information that must be submitted to support permit applications.

The Amendment applies to all land on the Mornington Peninsula Shire. However, the policy will only affect certain types of new development that need a planning permit, including:

  • residential development of two or more houses on a lot (excluding subdivision),
  • buildings used for accommodation of a certain size, and
  • commercial and industrial developments that are 100 square metres or more in floor area.

The policy will also apply to some development extensions of a certain size.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is committed to delivering our Climate Emergency response through creating an environmentally sustainable Mornington Peninsula.

Critical to achieving this commitment is for new development that requires a planning permit to incorporate design standards that improve environmental outcomes and ensure that new buildings create healthy spaces for occupants and users and help protect the community from climate change impacts.

Including a local ESD policy in the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme is a key action in the Shire’s:

You can inspect all documents relating to the Amendment free of charge via the ‘Browse amendments – C232morn’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Council decided during the Planning Services Committee meeting on 15 August 2022 to refer submissions to a planning panel. Refer hyperlink to the meeting’s webpage here:

Council/Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes - Mornington Peninsula Shire (mornpen.vic.gov.au)

The dates for the directions and panel hearings are as follows:

  • Directions hearing – 10am, Tuesday, 27 September 2022

At the Directions Hearing, the Panel will:

  • give directions about exchanging information before the Hearing and the conduct of the Hearing
  • consider Hearing times and format/venue and site inspections
  • answer questions people have about the Panel process including the Hearing.

The Directions Hearing will be held:

10am, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 by video conference using MS Teams

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You should attend the Directions Hearing if you:

  • are new to the Panel process or wish to participate in the Hearing
  • have questions about the Panel process or wish to raise procedural issues.

The Panel proposes to issue directions after considering all requests to be heard and any additional matters raised at the Directions Hearing or in writing before the Directions Hearing.

  • Panel hearing – commencing Tuesday 25 October 2022

At the hearing, you can present your submission to the panel, or you can have someone else (such as a consultant) present on your behalf. If you do not wish to be heard, the panel will still consider your written submission.

If you wish to participate in the panel hearing, you must complete a ‘request to be heard form’ via the ‘Panels and Committees’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

All panel-related documents including Council’s submission to the panel and the panel’s report can be found in the Document Library as soon as they are made available.

Viewing of Submissions

Exhibition of the amendment concluded on 5pm, Friday, 20 May 2022. You can view all submissions below, 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 submissions to an independent planning panel. Council may also decide to split the amendment.

Council will decide during the Planning Services Committee meeting on 15 August 2022.

Next Steps

Council will consider all submissions, including the panel’s report and recommendations, and decide 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 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.

Further Information

For further information phone the Shire’s Strategic Planning team: (03) 5950 1003

Email: strategic.admin@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Mornington Peninsula Shire is a member of the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) which supports councils across Victoria to deliver and implement local ESD planning policies. Visit CASBE’s website for more information and resources about implementing ESD: Sustainability in planning - The Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE)