Implementing the Cowes Activity Centre Plan: Amendment C151

Bass Coast Shire Council has prepared an amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme (Amendment C151) which implements the planning recommendations of the Cowes Activity Centre Plan 2015 (CACP).

The CACP was developed following extensive community consultation, and was adopted by Council in June 2015. It presents a vision ‘to rebuild Cowes as a destination’ and includes a number of actions to reinvigorate the streetscape of Cowes. Amendment C151 seeks to facilitate this vision in a number of ways

Amendment C151 proposes to simplify planning controls in the town centre as well as clearly stipulate development expectations for two key sites in Cowes: The former Warley Hospital Site and the former Isle of Wight site. The Amendment also proposes to introduce the CACP and the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035 as reference documents to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

Making an amendment to a Planning Scheme follows a lengthy and rigorous process, guided by the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act). Beginning with preparing the amendment and Council resolving to commence it, the amendment then goes to the Minister for Planning to receive authorisation before it can be publicly exhibited.

Amendment C151 is currently in this phase of exhibition and will be open to receive submissions from the public until Friday, 27 July.

The Amendment C151 documents can be viewed at the Wonthaggi and Cowes Customer Service Centres, or online at

Council will also be hosting drop in sessions during the exhibition period. These provide the opportunity for people to ask questions and find out more about Amendment C151 and the CACP. These sessions will be held on:

- Monday, 25 June 10.00am to 12.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

- Saturday, 30 June 9.00am to 11.00am at the Cowes Market on Chapel, 86 Chapel Street, Cowes.

- Tuesday, 17 July 10.00am to 12.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm at the Cowes Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

During the exhibition process, any person may lodge a submission in support or opposition, or to suggest changes to the amendment.

To lodge a submission, it must be in writing and sent to: Strategic Planning, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi Vic 3995, or via email to Submissions must be received by 5pm on 27 July 2018 and include a postal address so that Council can keep submitters informed about the process as well as meet requirements under the Act.

Submissions are available for public viewing in accordance with S21 (2) of The Planning and Environment Act 1987 from the time of submission until two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

All submissions will be considered by Council and may be referred to Planning Panels Victoria for an independent review of the proposal.