Bass Coast,

Planning amendments on the agenda

Bass Coast Shire Council considered two planning scheme amendments at its first ordinary meeting of the year held in Wonthaggi last night.

Council first considered submissions regarding the implementation of the Rural Land Use Strategy.

Amendment C140, which seeks to implement the Strategy into the Bass Coast Planning Scheme, was on public exhibition between 8 October and 8 November 2015, receiving 44 submissions in total.

The submissions presented to Council included 34 objections, one neutral submission and nine submissions of support.

Council confirmed its position regarding Amendment C140 to be presented to the independent Planning Panel regarding planning policy for Farming Zone land.

These policies include changing the current Farming Zone lot size minimum from 40 to 80 hectares on the mainland and limiting non-agricultural development. This will protect Bass Coast’s productive farmland from development pressure and maintain green breaks between townships.

The rezoning of farmland surrounding the Rhyll Wetland from Farming Zone to Rural Conservation Zone received strong support. The rezoning will ensure this ecologically important area is protected from inappropriate development.

“We have put out an amendment that will protect the opportunity for agriculture, maintain green breaks between townships, encourage rural based tourism and protect the environment,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said.

“Through the independent planning panel, we can have a transparent and open debate and discussion and gain independent advice for what is proposed.”

The Planning Panel Directions Hearing will be held in the Wonthaggi Town Hall Foyer at 1.00pm on 15 March; this is a procedural meeting to discuss process and timetabling, as well as explain the Panel process to submitters.

The Panel will then commence hearings to consider submissions the week commencing 4 April, when all submitters will have the opportunity to present to the Panel.

The Position Paper for Amendment C140 can be found at

At the meeting, Council then approved Amendment C142 which removes the minimum lot sizes from Development Plan Overlay Schedule 5.

The overlay affects land bordered by Tatiara Drive and Acacia Road in Grantville.

Two thirds of the land was rezoned for standard sized residential lots via Amendment C93 in 2012.

Leadbeater Ward Councillor, Clare Le Serve, said removing the lot size minimum corrects an inconsistency in the Bass Coast Planning Scheme and will allow for residential development of the land.

“The approved amendment will allow for housing located close to Grantville’s shops and the Bass Highway, and development of Grantville will better connect the town and stimulate economic investment in the region.”

For further information on Amendments C140 and C142, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.