Bass Coast,

Bass Coast Planning Scheme Amendment C140


The preparation of the C140 Amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme is currently underway, which will seek some changes to the policies and requirements for the use, development and protection of rural land within Bass Coast.

Amendment C140 will be on public exhibition between 8 October 2015 and 9 November 2015. The Amendment affects all land within the Farming Zone and Rural Activity Zone in Bass Coast Shire and proposes to implement the actions of the Rural Land Use Strategy and the Review of Rhyll Wetland.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Kimberley Brown, says the outcomes Council is seeking from the Amendment will provide land owners and decision makers clarity on what is appropriate for rural land use.

“This Amendment will provide outcomes that will ensure land use and development in Bass Coast’s farming areas is managed to promote and protect agricultural activities. We also want to encourage tourism in appropriate rural areas,” Cr Brown said.

“It is also important to recognise and protect the landscape, coastal and environmental values of Bass Coast, which will include the protection of the Rhyll wetland from inappropriate development,” concluded Cr Brown.

New Zones

This Amendment will implement the long-term vision for the Shire’s land use as identified in the Rural Land Use Strategy. The Strategy created three precincts to recognise the agriculture, tourism and rural lifestyle opportunities of each precinct. Proposed is the application of Rural Activity Zones in Coronet Bay-Corinella, The Gurdies and Inverloch-Cape Paterson. The new zoning at these locations will support a range of different uses including rural-based tourism.

The Amendment will also seek to apply the Rural Conservation Zone and Environmental Significance Overlay to an area within Rhyll that is adjacent to the Rhyll Inlet to ensure it is protected from inappropriate development.

New Policies

Amendment C140 proposes new local polices that have been designed to give land owners and decision makers clear direction when seeking and assessing planning permit applications within the Farming Zone. The policies relate to Rural Subdivision, Rural Dwellings and Non-Agricultural Uses in the Farming Zone.

The current minimum lot size within the Farming Zone on Phillip Island will remain as 40 hectares. However, for the mainland, a minimum lot size of 80 hectares is proposed. This is based on the principles of Council’s adopted Rural Land Use Strategy, which seeks to minimise the fragmentation of rural land, preserve rural character and maintain lots of an appropriate size to enable viable agricultural land uses.

Currently a planning permit is required for all dwellings on land less than 40 hectares. Under the proposed policy there will be new assessment requirements and decision guidelines on land smaller than 40 hectares. For dwellings on land greater than 40 hectares there are no proposed policy changes.

Land owners affected by the proposed changes of the Amendment are being advised through direct mail-outs, which will include an Information Sheet and Explanatory Report. Further background materials associated with this Amendment proposal are available for inspection on Council’s website and at the following locations:

  • Wonthaggi Customer Service Centre, 76 McBride Avenue Wonthaggi
  • Grantville Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Highway, Grantville
  • Cowes Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Information Sessions

Community ‘Drop-in’ information sessions are also being run through October to assist the community with understanding the proposed changes. Personal appointments can be booked by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278)

  • Old Post Office, 74 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi – 11.00am to 3.00pm and 4.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday, 14 October
  • Kernot Hall, 1060 Loch-Kernot Road, Kernot – 11.00am to 3.00pm on Thursday, 15 October
  • Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes – 11.00am to 3.00pm on Thursday, 22 October
  • Grantvile Transaction Centre, 1504-1510 Bass Highway, Grantville – 11.00am to 3.00pm on Thursday, 29 October

Following this process, the Amendment and submissions received will be considered by Council and referred to Planning Panels Victoria for an independent review, before being recommended to the Minister to endorse.

Council encourages residents to take the opportunity to inspect these documents and to provide Council with any comments you may have in relation to the Amendment.

For further information please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or e-mail