Planning Scheme Amendment C224morn proposes to implement the objectives of the Dromana Township Project Report (June 2018) 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 2018) 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 will provide greater certainty for permit applicants and the community regarding future development of the Dromana town centre.


Exhibition of Planning Scheme Amendment C224morn occurred between Monday 13 July 2020 and concluded on Monday 24 August 2020 at 5:00pm. During this time, any person who may be affected by the amendment could make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment.

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

Amendment Documentation

You can access all amendment documents via the ‘Browse Planning Schemes - C224morn' webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Council Decision

Submissions are public documents and Council must consider all submissions received during the exhibition period for the amendment. This occurred at the Planning Services Committee meeting on 14 December 2020.

At the meeting, the Committee resolved to refer submissions 1 – 3 to an Independent Planning Panel. The report and committee decision can be found on the Council Meetings and Minutes page.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire formally sought the appointment of an Independent Planning Panel on 22 December 2020. Information on the Independent Planning Panel processes.

Directions Hearing - Independent Planning Panel

Due to COVID-19 and the associated physical distancing requirements, the Directions Hearing for Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme Amendment C224morn will proceed by video conference at 10am on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Parties to the Hearing have been contacted by Planning Panels Victoria regarding these arrangements. The Panel will hear this matter in an open forum, consistent with its obligation to conduct hearings in public.

To observe proceedings, you can access the live stream here once the link has been made available by Planning Panels Victoria. If you have any questions, please contact Planning Panels Victoria at

As with in-person hearings, please be advised that the Hearing must not be recorded in any part or in any way without permission from the Panel. This includes audio and video recording.

Details for the Hearing will be published here when they are available

Next Steps

Following the Directions Hearing in February, the Panel Hearing is due to commence in the week of 8 March 2021, likely by video conference (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

Following the Panel Hearing, the panel’s report and recommendations will be considered by Council. Council will then make a decision on whether to abandon or adopt the amendment. If Council adopts the amendment, then the amendment is submitted to the Minister for Planning for consideration and a decision.

As the amendment progresses, the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s website will be kept up to date