Managing the Green Wedge
Managing the Green Wedge protects our hinterland and also helps preserve the character of the village of Shoreham.
As our map below shows, the farm land around the village is all zoned “Green Wedge”.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire released a draft Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP) for comment on 22/6/2018 and the SCA made its first response jointly with the Red Hill Ward Consultative Group and its second in our own right.
On December 17, 2018 the Council considered the Draft GWMP and submissions that resulted from the process to date. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council then formally adopted the Green Wedge Management Plan.
Other than its interface with the Foreshore and Westernport Bay, the village of Shoreham is surrounded by farmland – all of which is zoned Green Wedge. The Green Wedge land around Shoreham buffers the village from surrounding areas and provides Shoreham its separate identity as a place. This surrounding farmland is responsible for Shoreham's rural feel and is a very important contributor to our quality of life.
Legitimate uses in Green Wedge areas include economic activities such as farming and tourism as well as environmental conservation including private conservation and both National and State parks.
MPS Council adopted an Interim Green Wedge Management Plan in September, 2012. After the HSS and C219 NRZ amendment discussed above, the GWMP is the next highest priority MPS Strategic Planning project – the call for initial submissions/comments was published on Tuesday, 27th February. MPS put out information on their website including background papers which contain revised recommendations on Tourism, farming, biodiversity etc. The actual GWMP plan has not been updated from the 2012 version at this point.
Oral submissions were made by the SCA to Council’s Forward Planning Committee on the 21st March, 2018 and written submissions were called for before the 5th April. The SCA joined with the Red Hill Ward Consultative Group in making a submission.
The new draft plan went to the Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday 18th June and has since been exhibited for comment. The SCA made a submission on behalf of the Shoreham community. The final version was formally adopted by Council at its meeting on 17th December, 2018.
What’s Next ?
An amendment to include the GWMP as a reference document to the MPS Planning Scheme has not yet been prepared.
We are told this is, in part, because the Shire is proposing some minor changes to the GWMP (to be considered by Council at its Planning Services Committee meeting on 1st April, 2019) in response to submissions that were not previously considered due to a processing error at Council. Unfortunately, this included one of the SCA’s submissions.
At the same time, it will be proposed that Council formally seek authorisation to prepare and exhibit an amendment relating to the control of Dwellings in the Green Wedge – this is the first step in the amendment process.
We should know more by May, 2019.