Bass Coast,

Panel supports land use strategy

Bass Coast Shire Council has received the Planning Panel Report for Amendment C140 recommending Council adopts the exhibited amendment with some changes.

In early April, an Independent Planning Panel considered submissions to Amendment C140, which seeks to implement the findings of the Rural Land Use Strategy and the Review of the Rhyll Wetland.

The Amendment C140 Panel Report will be considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 17 August 2016.

Panel Findings

The Planning Panel complimented the process associated with Amendment C140 and Council’s responsiveness to community submissions, concluding that: “…the Rural Land Use Strategy and Amendment C140 have been through an extensive consultation process. As a result of the Hearing process, a number of changes have been proposed by Council in response to submissions. The Panel acknowledges and appreciates the responsive nature of Council’s considerations of submissions.”

The Panel Report continues by stating that the Amendment provides: “…a planning framework that delivers on Council’s vision for the future or its rural agricultural land.”

Minor Changes

The Panel report recommends adoption of Amendment C140 subject to a number of minor changes. Notably, the Panel Report recommends that the proposed Rural Activity Zone not be applied to the majority of land at The Gurdies. This recommendation responds to community submissions regarding the environmental qualities of The Gurdies area. The land is recommended to remain in the Farming Zone until further environmental investigations have been undertaken.

New Zones and Policies

The Panel Report recommends the majority of the Amendment be adopted as exhibited to implement the long-term vision for the Shire’s land use as identified in the Rural Land Use Strategy. This includes the application of Rural Activity Zones in Coronet Bay-Corinella and Inverloch-Cape Paterson; and the Rural Conservation Zone and Environmental Significance Overlay to the Rhyll Wetlands study area. The new zonings are proposed to support a range of different uses including rural-based tourism as well as protecting areas of significant environmental quality.

The Panel Report also supports proposed 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 Report is available on Council’s website at and at any of the Bass Coast service centres.

For more information, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.