Strategic Planning addresses Shoreham's strategic, statutory and heritage planning needs, consistent with the SCA's objectives. While the SCA’s focus is primarily on the needs of Shoreham and it's surrounds, in order to meet these needs we also engage with other coastal and hinterland villages on broader strategic issues of mutual interest through the Red Hill Ward Consultative Group.
Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge and Coastal Village Planning Issues
As part of the Red Hill Ward Consultative Group, the Shoreham Community Association, in conjunction with other community groups in the Red Hill Ward, is in the process of discussing and deliberating upon recent changes by State and the Mornington Peninsula Shire in relation to planning provisions that could directly affect the character of the Mornington Peninsula – in particular the Green Wedge zones - and that of Shoreham and other peninsula coastal villages.
The relevant changes are outlined below:
State Government Changes
Planning changes have been predominantly introduced to accommodate the projected increase in the population of Melbourne and of regional Victoria (from 4.5 million to 8 million by 2051 and from 1.4 million to 2.1 million in the same period respectively). According to the Minister for Planning (Hon Richard Wynne MP) ‘… the planning system needs to create the opportunity for housing supply to respond accordingly’.
Three years ago (September 2014) the Government introduced a scheme for fast tracking planning applications that is known as VicSmart.
Key features of VicSmart provide for:
- a 10 day permit process;
- applications not being advertised;
- applications being decided by the Chief Executive Officer of the council or his delegate.
In March 2017, an extension to VicSmart was implemented. The amendment, most importantly, increases the threshold for ‘cost of development’ of some existing VicSmart buildings and works.
The extensions allow for the following to be included within the fast tracking provisions set out above:
- building and works up to $1 million in industrial areas;
- building and works up to $500,000 in commercial and some special purpose areas;
- a range of low impact developments in rural areas (up to $500,000 in agricultural settings and $250,000 in more sensitive rural settings);
- small scale types of buildings and works in selected overlays;
- subdivision, advertising signs and car parking.
The government also announced in March 2017 that a further VicSmart extension into the residential zones will occur, including the fast tracking of:
- a single story extension to a single dwelling where specific design criteria are met
- buildings and works up to $100,000 in residential zones, where not associated with a dwelling.
For further information see https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/planning-permit-applications/vicsmart
The above changes are now incorporated into the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.
Amendment to the Victoria Planning Provisions
In addition to the extension of the VicSmart provisions, amendments were made by the State Government in March 2017 relating to the various residential zones in Victoria (Victoria Planning Provisions, amendment VC110). These amendments affect area zoning and the height and density of buildings within the various zones.
In the case of Shoreham the changes affect those areas within the General Residential Zones (GRZ) (See areas shaded pink on the map below).
For further information see:
- https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/planning-reform/reformed-zones-for-victoria/reformed-residential-zones and
Key changes include:
- Replacing the maximum building height of 9 metres by a new mandatory maximum building height of 11 metres, with a new 3 storey height limit;
- A new mandatory minimum garden area requirement ranging from 25-35% depending on the lot size;
- An application to subdivide land that creates a vacant lot less than 400 square metres must contain a minimum garden area of 25%;
- Allowing the maximum building height to be increased where applicable flood levels affect land;
- A new requirement for relevant neighbourhood character objectives to be specified in the schedule to the zone.
These changes are already part of the Victoria Planning Provisions. The General Residential Zone provisions apply to all General Residential Zones areas across Metropolitan and regional Victoria, irrespective of location. However, all amendments are subject to various existing overlays that may be in place in respect to each zone.
Amendments to the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme
Changes to overlays relevant to the Mornington Peninsula were made by the Mornington Peninsula Shire and gazetted on 11th May (amendments C205). These amendments relate to overlays in respect to Environmental Significance, Vegetation Protection, Significant Landscape, Design and Development, and Heritage. Many of these relate to Shoreham and its surrounds.
For more information see:
Changes to the various overlays remove or modifying the provisions requiring a planning permit for certain forms of development. These changes appear to be an attempt to streamline the planning process in light of the State Governments amendments as outlined above.
It is not at all clear what effect the above amendments to planning provisions will have on Peninsula Green Wedge zones, or indeed to Shoreham and other coastal villages. To further understand and explore the possible consequences, the Red Hill Ward Consultative Group, along with Cr David Gill (Red Hill Ward) have invited Professor Michael Buxton, community planner from RMIT University to address a public meeting to explain the present planning situation, the changes and their likely impact. Please see details of this meeting on the Calendar – everyone is welcome.
Disclaimer: the above information is a lay-persons guide only and cannot be relied upon. For details and advice on what the amendments mean please contact State or Local Government direct.
Area Vegetation Pruning (AVP) Program
A meeting with MPSC officers and SCA representatives was held on 30th November 2016 to discuss concerns raised by residents regarding removal of certain vegetation and specific trees which adversely impacted Shoreham’s tree canopy and wildlife corridors.
At issue were differences in understanding between how the program should apply to the unmade roads in our coastal village versus the roads of more populated townships. Whilst road safety was high on Council’s agenda, we raised the point that clearing of vegetation contributed to increased traffic speed. Shoreham tends to respect pedestrian usage and passive roadways.
The AVP Program is planned for every five years. The meeting was a positive step in working through the issues towards improved outcomes for the future. In future, the SCA will be able to meet with Council to address the work to be carried out beforehand - to hopefully allay future concerns.
The SCA encourages residents to assist in caring for Shoreham by keeping the front of their properties cleared of weeds. Any plantings close to roadsides need to be low. We suggest native grasses, species of Dianella or similar. In this way, we would contribute to retaining the natural ambience along Shoreham roads and reduce the need for heavy pruning in future.
Note that power line contractors prune trees in the area every 5 years in a separate program.
For further information contact Sue Boggan on 0404180957.
Post Office Site - March 2017
The Post Office development is well on its way after commencing in late August. It is ten years since the proposal for two three storey, two-bedroom aged care apartments with underground parking was proposed by an oversees syndicate for the centre of Shoreham. The proposal saw the formation of the Shoreham Taskforce (now part of the Shoreham Community Association) that fought hard to prevent the inappropriate nature of the development – see the summary of the Taskforce's achievements for more details . There has been ongoing liaison with the present owner to achieve a satisfactory result. The position will continue to be monitored.
Works continue steadily at the Post Office with its steel framework now revealing the scale, structure and shape of this new addition to Shoreham.
Your Task Force representatives have met with the Building Manager following up details and questions that have arisen. Car parking needs, combined with those of The Common, are currentlybeing addressed with Council Planners and the Building Manager. The stages of the development are:
- The foundations.
- A new extension to the Post Office building. On completion, the Post office will be moved into this whilst the present post office building is renovated.
- The shop framework will be built on site and constructed in units. These will form an open moveable space which can either be individual shop fronts or one whole one, depending on whoever leases the space.
- Four holiday flats will be erected above the shops. This will be done concurrently.
- A deck will run the length of the development with a shade sale for sun protection.
- The shed that had to be taken down will be the last building to be rebuilt. Given the Shire’s planning scheme, the Fire overlay dictates materials that must be used. The future shed/café will have an internal steel frame. Recycled materials from the owner’s sheep station in Northern Victoria will be used in the internal reconstruction.
- A lift will be fitted at the rear of the decking to give disability access to the flats above.
- There is also disability access to the left front of the development.
- Car parking will be at the rear for the holiday flats and as angle parking in front of the development.
The Project Manager has made copies of the plans available; they are now on continual display at the Post Office.
We wish to acknowledge Leo Maher and the extensive and valuable time he gave to the Taskforce.
For enquiries please contact one of the SCA Taskforce members: Peter Renkin 5989 8818 or 0448 319 719; Sue Boggan 5989 8501 or 0404 180 957; or Rob Patrick 5989 8963 or 0408 429 944.
Shoreham Village Taskforce
Read the background to this group which has worked over many years to preserve the amenity of our coastal village.
Black Spot Commonwealth Government Roads Program
In mid-December 2015, the SCA Executive met with Minister Greg Hunt MP to gain his support for securing a Commonwealth grant enabling construction of safer road infrastructure at dangerous Shoreham road intersections. These dangerous intersections are where the Frankston-Flinders Road intersects with Nelson Street, with Byrnes Road (both north and south ends), Myers Drive, Higgins Lane and with Beach Road. SCA’s aim is to prevent the risk of a serious accident at one of these intersections - for example by the construction of slip/turning lanes at the Nelson Street intersection.
The Australian Government’s ‘Black Spot Program’ funding round for 2017-18 is now open. The program identifies high risk locations and funds measures to prevent accidents that cause death and/or injury.
During discussions with Mr Hunt, SCA was told he will support our application for ‘Black Spot Program’ funding. The SCA has made a Nomination for this funding that has been endorsed by the Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade. A letter of endorsement from the Mornington Peninsula Shire is also sought. Mr Hunt will submit the Nomination and supporting letters.
To date, no further information received. SCA has therefore requested another meeting with Mr Hunt to progress the matter. Recently appointed Red Hill Ward Councillor, David Gill, has also been alerted to our concerns so that he can progress the matter within Council.
Refusal of Planning Application to demolish heritage listed ‘Alavina’, 16 Beach Road
The owners of ‘Alavina’ sought Council approval to demolish the heritage-listed house in Beach Road. In 2013 parcels of land were removed from a larger heritage overlay area covering nos 14, 16 and 18 Beach Road, leaving the Shire to make a historical assessment of ‘Alavina’ and an assessment of the adjacent timber cottage. This has not been done and the owners are allowing the buildings to deteriorate.
SCA submitted an objection to the application to demolish based on the fact that:
- heritage planning procedures were determined following an independent Hearing in April 2013;
- MPS has not completed its task as set by the Hearing; and
- restoring ‘Alavina’ will make it a valuable asset.
SCA has been told that Council have refused the application to demolish. The owners have the right to appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Former General Store Site - March 2016
The attention of the developer has also focussed on draft drawings for the former General Store site.
The SCA Committee recognises how important this development is to Shoreham people. When draft plans were drawn up by the developer’s agent, the SCA Taskforce handed these to the panel of local Architects (advisers to the Taskforce) for their opinion. Late last year the Architects and the Taskforce met with the owner’s agent to discuss his drawings. It was agreed that the Architects prepare alternative designs.
It is hoped that when ready, the Architects draft alternative plans for the site will be presented by the SCA at a public meeting in order to seek comment from the Shoreham people. The SCA Committee will seek a mandate from the meeting to enable it to represent the voice of Shoreham to the developer and to the Shire.
Red Hill Ward Consultative Group (RHWCG) and Residents' Association Meetings (RAM)
The RHWCG brings representatives together for bi-monthly discussions in the Shoreham Hall. The Group’s name reflects our local government electoral ward which covers 75% of the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s area. Other communities directly represented include Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Merricks Beach, Merricks Township, Somers, Flinders, Cape Schanck and Red Hill. There is also a representative from “Peninsula Speaks”.
The RHWCG helps to shape the collective future for the Ward by providing a platform for community associations to exchange information, network and discuss strategic issues. It enables discussion on a range of matters that can then be voiced at the Residents' Association Meetings (RAM).
RAM was an initiative of our former Red Hill Ward Cr. Tim Wood whereby all community associations across the Red Hill Ward could send representatives to meetings every two months to air and discuss matters of common concern. Our current Councillor, David Gill, has committed to keeping the meetings going and we look forward to continue collaborating with our colleagues from other towns and villages in our ward. Submissions are made in advance of each meeting.
If you wish to raise matters of significance to the broader ward please contact the SCA representatives Peter Renkin (President, SCA ) or Sue Boggan (SCA Planning Sub-committee).