Strategic Planning addresses high level strategic, statutory and heritage planning needs and issues.
While our 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.
Current strategic planning issues we are dealing with are:
Statutory Planning deals with particular planning permit and subdivision applications. It also provides advice on whether planning permits are required.
See our Statutory Planning page for examples of related to Statutory Planning items.
These days, some development applications can be fast-tracked through the VicSmart scheme. See https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/planning-permit-applications/vicsmart for more information.
SCA Planning Subcommittee
The SCA has an active Planning Subcommittee which deals with making contributions on Strategic and Statutory Planning matters. The Subcommittee consists of several committee members, one general member and may accept contributions from others on specific projects.
Most of the Planning Subcommittee’s efforts are directed at the Strategic Planning level - mainly in contributing submissions.
Generally speaking, the Planning Subcommittee does not get involved in individual planning applications. Exceptions do occur where there may be unacceptable impacts on the community eg on Shoreham’s heritage, amenity or road traffic for example.
Why does the SCA get involved in planning matters ?
It’s part of the reason we exist! Several of the SCA’s objectives including:
investigation of community concerns and advocacy
identification and definition of the future character and essential services for Shoreham
identification of community needs and the means to address them
building on the unique character of Shoreham
working with other Mornington Peninsula coastal communities to achieve the common needs of all coastal villages and their hinterland
all demand the SCA participates in planning at the strategic level and also at the statutory level in some cases.
You can download a complete copy of the SCA Rules which include the objectives paraphrased above.
Working with other Mornington Peninsula Communities
Red Hill Ward Consultative Group (RHWCG)
Shoreham falls within the Red Hill Ward of the Municipality.
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).
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 kept the meetings going and we look forward to continue collaborating with our colleagues from other towns and villages in our ward. Cr Gill calls for input to Agenda items in advance of meetings.
RAM Meetings are usually held at Council’s Rosebud offices. Council officers regularly attend to give specific advice or explanations addressing Agenda items.
If you wish to raise matters of significance to the broader ward, please contact the SCA representatives Alan Fisher (President, SCA ) or Sue Boggan (SCA Planning Sub-committee).
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.