Rural Land Use Strategy part of Planning Scheme
New controls to manage the use of rural land in Bass Coast Shire now form part of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.
Amendment C140, which implements the Bass Coast Rural Land Use Strategy 2014, was recently approved by the Minister for Planning, completing what has been a priority project for Council since the commencement of the Strategy in 2010.
The Rural Land Use Strategy was adopted by Council in August 2013, and Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the Amendment affects all land zoned Farming and Rural Activity across the Shire.
“It sets out the long-term vision for the Shire’s rural areas and aims to protect the opportunity for agriculture and rural landscapes, maintain green breaks between towns and provide for rural tourism,” Cr Rothfield said.
“The Strategy recommended a number of changes to the Planning Scheme to provide strong policy direction, guide decision-making and introduce new zoning and overlay provisions to support agriculture, encourage rural tourism and protect rural environmental assets.”
There are a number of technical changes to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme, as the Amendment:
- Modifies the Municipal Strategic Statement to support the new policy directions
- Includes the Bass Coast Rural Land Use Strategy 2014 and the Bass Coast Shire Review of Rhyll Wetland 2015 as Reference Documents
- Introduces four new local policies - Rural subdivision, Rural dwellings, Non-agricultural uses in the Farming Zone and Rural Activity Zone to guide decision-making in these policy areas
- Rezones land at Coronet Bay/Corinella, Inverloch/Cape Paterson and 1003 Bass Highway, The Gurdies, commonly referred to as “Fantasia Site”, from the Farming Zone to the Rural Activity Zone
- Rezones an area west of the Rhyll Wetland from the Farming Zone to the Rural Conservation Zone and applies the Environmental Significance Overlay – Schedule 1 (Coastal Wetland Areas) to an area west of the Rhyll Wetland
- Updates the schedule to the Rural Activity Zone
- Updates the schedule to the Farming Zone at Clause 35.07, identifying three precincts with tailored subdivision provisions, being:
- Precinct 1 – East of Bass Highway, which is the main commercial agriculture area. A minimum subdivision lot size of 80ha is introduced and a permit will be required for a dwelling on any lot less than 40ha in area.
- Precinct 2 – West and South of Bass Highway, which is a mix of commercial agriculture and lifestyle farming. A minimum subdivision lot size of 80ha is introduced and a permit will be required for a dwelling on any lot less than 40ha in area.
- Precinct 3 – Phillip Island, which is a mixture of commercial agriculture, growing tourism demand and lifestyle farming. A minimum subdivision lot size of 40ha is maintained, and a permit will be required for a dwelling on any lot less than 40ha in area.
For more information on the Rural Land Use Strategy, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.