Mornington Peninsula Shire is home to approximately 168,134 people. This is forecast to increase to over 200,360 by 2036. This means that additional homes for over 32,000 residents will be needed in the Shire by 2036 or 1,200 new homes each year. A range of housing types will be needed to meet the different housing needs of residents including detached family homes, units, apartments, and aged care facilities.

To ensure we meet the housing needs of existing and future residents whilst retaining the valued character of the Peninsula, Council is proposing to apply new residential zones across the Shire and update existing design controls (called Design and Development Overlays).

These new and updated planning controls will provide greater clarity about the type of development that can be expected in residential areas and how new development can be designed to respect the valued neighbourhood character of different areas on the Peninsula. Changes have also been made to simplify unnecessarily complex planning controls.

The planning scheme amendment to introduce these changes is called Amendment C219morn. It implements Council’s adopted Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy: Refresh 2020-2036 and Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines, 2019.

Planning Scheme Amendment C219morn proposes to rezone most of the residential areas in the General Residential Zone (GRZ) to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ), and introduce neighbourhood character controls from the adopted Neighbourhood Character Study and Guidelines and other relevant studies into the schedules to the GRZ, NRZ and other relevant planning overlays, including those that cover the Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ).

Specific schedules to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO) will also be amended to remove unnecessary planning permit requirements, delete obsolete provisions, and simplify unnecessarily complex controls.

The amendment will also introduce a new local policy on neighbourhood character into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme, apply the existing Schedule 1 to the Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO1) to four areas where vegetation is an important neighbourhood character element, and correct zoning anomalies in several locations.

The amendment applies to:

  • Land in the GRZ.
  • Land in the LDRZ.
  • Land affected by Schedules 1 to 7, 11, 17 to 20, and 22 to 24 to the DDO.

The amendment is required to ensure the neighbourhood character of the residential areas in the Peninsula’s towns and villages is protected and enhanced as the Shire continues to accommodate the anticipated population growth in the municipality to the year 2036. The inclusion of neighbourhood character provisions into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme will ensure future development reflects the preferred neighbourhood character of the Peninsula’s residential areas.

A key outcome of the amendment is that the NRZ will be the main residential zone in urban areas of the Mornington Peninsula. Areas in the LDRZ will also have improved neighbourhood character controls. The predominant mandatory building height for a new dwelling or residential building will range from 8 metres to 9 metres.

There will be fewer planning permit requirements affecting development applications for one dwelling on a lot. This means that more of these applications will be processed under the Building Regulations without the need for a planning permit.

Council has received authorisation from the Minister for Planning on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 to prepare the amendment. Exhibition of the amendment will commence within the next couple of months. During the exhibition period, you will be able to make a formal submission by using any of the following methods:

  • Completing an online submission form
  • Completing and emailing a downloaded electronic submission form
  • Completing and posting a printed submission form

All documents relating to the amendment will be available for public inspection free of charge once exhibition commences via the ‘Planning documents on exhibition’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Next Steps

Council will send a formal notice of the amendment before the exhibition commences to all owners and occupiers of land that may be materially affected by the amendment, as well as to others that may be impacted by the amendment. There will also be advertising on social media and the print media.