Tootgarook Wetland is the largest groundwater-dependent ecosystem and freshwater marsh in the region. The Wetland has major ecological significance and supports many wetland flora and fauna species including several of national significance such as the Australasian Bittern. To ensure it is protected and surrounding land uses do not negatively impact on its environmental values, changes to the current planning controls are proposed through Planning Scheme Amendment C227morn.

The amendment proposes to implement the recommendations of the Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan (BMT, 2018) and Extent of Tootgarook Wetland, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria (Biosis, 2019) by introducing and applying a new Schedule 31 to the Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO31) to the newly defined current extent of the Wetland and its buffers.

The existing Schedule 30 to the Environmental Significance Overlay (ESO30), which applies to parts of the Wetland, will be deleted. Parts of Schedules 14, 18 and 19 to the ESO that overlap with the new ESO31 will also be deleted.

The amendment also proposes to rezone several public land parcels to either the Public Conservation and Resource Zone (PCRZ) or Public Use Zone 1 (PUZ1). Overall, the amendment will provide better protection and enhancement of the Wetland’s ecological values.

The amendment applies to:

  • The former landfill site of 113-119 Truemans Road, Capel Sound.
  • Parts of 92 Elizabeth Avenue, Capel Sound.
  • 186 Boneo Road, Capel Sound.
  • 40 Colchester Road, Rosebud.
  • The Drum Drum Alloc Creek section of Hiscock Road, Rosebud.
  • 66 Henry Wilson Drive, Rosebud.
  • 191A-191B Browns Road, Boneo.
  • Land affected by ESO30.
  • Land affected by ESO31.

The amendment is required to give statutory effect to the recommended changes to the current planning zones and overlays that apply to and around the Wetland.

The rezoning, which will only affect public land, is required because most of the existing zones – General Residential Zone, Industrial 3 Zone, Special Use Zone and Green Wedge Zone – primarily support uses that are not compatible with protecting and conserving the Wetland. The new zones – PCRZ and PUZ1 – would help promote land uses and development that are more compatible with the Wetland’s ecological values.

The changes to the planning overlays are required to consolidate the planning controls in the existing schedules to the ESO that affect the Wetland into a single new ESO31, strengthen the consolidated planning controls by removing unnecessary complexities and conflicting controls, and ensure that they apply over the areas where the controls are warranted, i.e. the newly defined current extent of the Wetland and its buffers. These changes will provide greater clarity for both landowners and prospective developers, resulting in better planning decisions and better environmental and development outcomes.

Council has received authorisation from the Minister for Planning on 4 April 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 the print media.