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 from Thursday, 24 March 2022 via the ‘Browse amendments – C232morn’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website and 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

Have Your Say – Make a Submission

We are now seeking comments from the community on the proposed policy and Amendment C232morn until 20 May 2022.If you want to have your say, you must do so in writing. Your submission must clearly state:

  • Your name
  • Your contact details (address and phone number or email)
  • Your reasons for supporting or opposing the Amendment

Your submission should also explain what changes (if any) you would like made to the Amendment

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday, 20 May 2022.

Online submission (preferred): Complete an online submission form.

By email: Download and complete an electronic submission form and email it to:
Subject: Amendment C232morn – submission

By post: Send your submission to:

Team Leader, Strategic Planning
Re: Amendment C232morn - submission

Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud VIC 3939

Privacy Notice

The information you provide is collected by the Shire in accordance with the Shire’s privacy policy and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 for the purpose of considering your submission and notifying you of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions. Your submission will be used and disclosed in the public process of a panel hearing if one is required. 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. Council may also make copies of your submission available on Council’s website and provide copies of this submission to interested parties. Should this occur, personal information will be removed.

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

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 have made a submission, we will update you on the amendment’s progress. If you do not wish to 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 beginning Monday 26 September 2022
  • Panel hearing: to commence in the week beginning Monday 24 October 2022

Further Information

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


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)