The state government is seeking community feedback on stronger planning controls ensuring the iconic Surf Coast is permanently protected from overdevelopment and urban sprawl while improving the local environment.
Last year parts of the Surf Coast Shire and the City of Greater Geelong were declared a state significant Distinctive Area Landscape, recognising the environmental and cultural heritage attributes of the area combined with its ability to draw tourists.
A draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) for the Surf Coast declared area is now available for public feedback, which includes proposed settlement boundaries to protect the area’s valued coastal and rural hinterland areas and townships.
Protected settlement boundaries are proposed for Torquay-Jan Juc, Bellbrae, Breamlea and Armstrong Creek to ensure the prized landscapes and environmental features are protected from inappropriate development and future growth is directed to preferred locations.
The proposed planning controls will also better protect the state and nationally significant landscapes found along the coast and surrounding Torquay-Jan Juc.
The draft SPP is based on expert advice and has been developed in collaboration with Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung, the Surf Coast Shire, the City of Greater Geelong, responsible public entities, other government agencies and the community.
Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has appointed an independent Advisory Committee to advise on the draft Surf Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls in accordance with its Terms of Reference.
The Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee will conduct public hearings and consider all submissions before submitting a report of its findings and recommendations on the draft Surf Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls to the Minister for Planning.
The Advisory Committee will hold a Directions Hearing on Thursday 11 February 2021. Its Public Hearings will commence from Monday 15 March 2021 and are likely to go for several weeks.
If you would like to appear before the Advisory Committee, you must make a written submission and complete the relevant sections on the online form. Hearings are likely to be held in both Torquay and Melbourne convened in person, or by videoconference if COVID-19 restrictions remain.
Have your say
You are invited to view the draft Surf Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls and provide a written submission.
Submissions must be received by 4.00pm Friday 22 January 2021 and must be lodged through the Engage Victoria platform at www.engage.vic.gov.au/dalsac
You can view the draft Surf Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls, as well as supporting technical documents, through Engage Victoria at www.engage.vic.gov.au/distinctive-areas-and-landscapes-program/surf-coast
Please note your submission must state the name and address of the person making it. It will be treated as a public document. Proforma submissions and petitions will only be counted as one submission, and contact will be made through the first-named person.
Public information sessions
DELWP will be running online public information sessions where you can hear more about the proposals and ask questions. Sessions will be held as follows:
- Wednesday 2 December 2020 2:00 PM
- Tuesday 8 December 2020 10:00 AM
- Thursday 10 December 2020 6:00 PM
Further details can be found at www.engage.vic.gov.au/distinctive-areas-and-landscapes-program/surf-coast
For further information about the Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape project, please call our information line on 136 186 (open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about making a submission or the Advisory Committee process, please call the information line above or email Planning Panels Victoria at email@example.com.
Source: State government media release and planning department information