Introduction

The Peninsula's population is growing. By 2036 there will be over 200,000 residents. This means we will need around 1,200 new homes per year to provide enough housing.

The Shire has developed a sustainable approach to:

  • meet the range of housing needed (homes, units, apartments and residential aged care facilities)
  • direct future housing to appropriate areas
  • ensure the special values and character of the Peninsula are protected.

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Meeting the housing challenge

The amendment is proposing changes to the existing residential zones to ensure changes to housing occur in appropriate areas.

  • Minimal change area

    Minimal housing change occurs in smaller townships or areas prone to environmental risks (e.g. bushfires, flooding and sea-level rise).


  • Incremental change area

    Incremental housing change occurs in all other areas.

  • Substantial change area

    Substantial housing change occurs in major townships (Mornington, Rosebud and Hastings) with more jobs, services and facilities.

How the residential zones will apply

The amendment will apply the residential zones as follows:

The amendment will rezone the existing GRZ in incremental or minimal change areas to the NRZ.

Protecting the Peninsula's special values and character

The amendment proposes to update the local planning controls that affect residential development. These controls relate to, for example:

  • building design
  • siting
  • landscaping
  • fences.

Future housing development will then respond better to the neighbourhood's preferred character.

Reducing the red tape for one dwelling on a lot

The amendment also proposes to reduce the cost and time to develop or extend one dwelling on a lot. This means updating specific Design and Development Overlays (DDOs) by removing:

  • permit requirements that deal with noncurrent issues
  • unnecessary or overly complex permit requirements
  • superfluous or redundant provisions.

The amendment applies to:

  • all land in the GRZ except those affected by concurrent amendments, i.e. amendments C227morn, C269morn and C275morn
  • all land in the LDRZ
  • all 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 character of the Peninsula’s residential areas is protected and enhanced as the Shire’s population continues to grow
  • improve the operational efficiency of the Planning Scheme so that more applications for one dwelling on a lot can be processed under the Building Regulations without needing a planning permit.

You can inspect all documents relating to the amendment free of charge from Thursday, 12 August 2021 via the ‘Planning documents on exhibition’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Frequently asked questions

Planning is a complex area.To help answer your questions, we've put together some of the most frequently asked questions, including:

  • What is a planning scheme?
  • What is a planning scheme amendment?
  • What is a planning zone?
  • How are the residential zones different to each other?
  • What additional controls can be added to the schedule to a residential zone?
  • What is a Design and Development Overlay (DDO)?
  • What is neighbourhood character?
  • How can I find out whether a planning permit is required to construct one dwelling on my lot?
  • What is a schedule to a zone or overlay?
  • What is a planning overlay?

and more.

Download: Housing for the Peninsula - FAQs

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 of Monday, 04 April 2022
  • Panel hearing – to commence in the week of Monday, 16 May 2022