Phillip Island,

Amendment C132 Panel Report Released

Bass Coast Shire Council recently received the Planning Panel Report on Amendment C132.

The C132 proposal is to rezone land north-west of the land currently occupied by the Phillip Island Golf Club from the Farming Zone to the Special Use Zone to facilitate the development of an integrated golf course and residential development.

After being on public exhibition in April and May, Council received 79 submissions on the Amendment and referred them to a Planning Panel for review, which took place in July and August.

Council received a final report from Planning Panels Victoria on 16 September with the following recommendation:

Amendment C132 to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme should be adopted as exhibited subject to a revised Schedule 4 to the Special Use Zone. The Panel makes the following further recommendations:

  1. That the community continue to have an opportunity to have their concerns considered by the Council in later stages of approval for any proposed development on the subject site.
  2. Schedule 4 to the Special Use Zone as presented in Appendix D should be adopted in place of the exhibited version of Schedule 4.
  3. Council have discussions with the owner of the lot in Dunsmore Road (part of Lot 2 PS 543957B) which was inadvertently omitted from the exhibited plan, with a view to resolving an appropriate zoning for the lot and give consideration to whether requesting that an amendment under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, is an appropriate mechanism to resolve the issue of an appropriate zoning for this lot.

Council’s Planning and Environment Director, Hannah Duncan-Jones, said the panel based their findings on key issues discussed in the report, including form of the amendment, strategic planning context, drainage, stormwater and climate change, integrated development and land supply.

“There were a number of other matters that the Panel considered in some detail, including traffic and other amenity impacts,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

Ms Duncan-Jones said Council will consider the recommendation at the 20 November meeting.

“At this time, Council will have three options to consider,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

“The first option is to adopt the Amendment C132 as recommended by the Planning Panel; the second is to adopt it with changes; and the third is to abandon the amendment, resulting in the inability for the land to be rezoned.”

Council has notified all submitters of the Planning Panel’s recommendation.