Introduction

Planning Scheme Amendment C224morn implements the objectives of the Dromana Township Project Report (June 2021) by applying a Design and Development Overlay to the commercial area of the Dromana Township. The Amendment:

  • Inserts one new schedule to the Design and Development Overlay (Schedule DDO29); and
  • Amends the Schedule to Clause 72.08 Background Documents to include the Dromana Township Project Report (June 2021) as a background document.

The land affected by the amendment is the land within the Dromana town centre, as shaded purple in the below map:

The Planning Scheme Amendment is required to ensure that the Dromana town centre develops in a manner that is consistent with the character, role and function of the township.

Specifically, Design and Development Overlay Schedule 29 (DDO29) applies to the commercial area of the Dromana township and applies a mix of discretionary and mandatory requirements relating to building design, building setbacks and building heights.Broadly speaking, these provisions seek to:

  • maintain the low scale coastal built form character of the Dromana town centre and sensitive built form transition to abutting residential land by introducing a 3 storey maximum height limit.
  • maintain the fine grain presentation of development to Point Nepean Road and Pier Street.
  • strengthen Pier Street as the heart of the town centre and encourage moderate change to the back of the town centre.
  • protect key views from the foreshore, across the town centre towards Arthurs Seat.
  • encourage the provision of new pedestrian laneways and laneway connections through the town centre to improve connectivity and pedestrian amenity.

The amendment provides greater certainty for permit applicants and the community regarding future development of the Dromana town centre.

Amendment C224morn was publicly exhibited between Monday 13 July 2020 and Monday 24 August 2020. During this time, anyone who wanted to have their say on the amendment was invited to make a written submission for Council’s consideration.

Exhibition methods included: written correspondence to approximately 3,300 owners/occupiers within close proximity to the Dromana Town Centre, community groups, prescribed Ministers, service authorities, emails to past participants of the Dromana Township Project, a notice in the Government gazette and the Southern Peninsula News.

Submissions to Amendment C224morn are available to view in the following document.

Personal details have been redacted Copies of the submissions for C224morn

Approved Amendment C224morn and associated documents can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Environment’s website here.

Council considered all submissions at the Monday 14 December 2020 Planning Services Committee meeting and decided to at refer submissions 1 – 3 to an Independent Planning Panel.

Council formally sought the appointment of an Independent Planning Panel on 22 December 2020. Information on the Independent Planning Panel processes can be found via: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/panels-and-committees/planning-panel-guides

Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, a Directions Hearing for Amendment C224morn was held by video conference on Wednesday 3 February 2021. As no submitters wished to be heard, the Panel determined to review the amendment and submissions 'on the papers

' instead of holding a public hearing. This means that the hearing was conducted entirely on the basis of documents, without any face to face or video link appearance by the parties.

A copy of the Panel report, Council's Submission and Attachments are available in the Document Library.

If you have any questions regarding the Planning Panels process, please contact Planning Panels Victoria at planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Council Decision

Council considered the Panel’s report and recommendations at the Tuesday, 15 June 2021 Planning Services Committee meeting and decided to adopt the amendment with minor changes as recommended by the Panel.

Ministerial Decision

The Minister for Planning approved the amendment with minor changes. The amendment was gazetted on 18 March 2022.