The Victorian Government is seeking community feedback on stronger planning protection that ensures the iconic Bellarine Peninsula is protected from overdevelopment and its unique landscapes and agricultural assets are preserved.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said the Bellarine Peninsula has been declared a state significant Distinctive Area and Landscape recognising its environmental, landscape and cultural attributes, as well as its importance as a key tourist destination.
To ensure the Bellarine Peninsula’s ongoing protection a draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) for the declared area has been developed setting a 50-year vision for protecting areas for conservation while providing, long-term certainty for investment.
The draft SPP proposes protected settlement boundaries for all towns on the Bellarine Peninsula ensuring development occurs sensibly and in balance with the protection of the much-loved heritage character of the region’s towns.
The SPP also includes strategies to protect crucial farming land from housing sprawl recognising the importance of the Bellarine’s agricultural industries to the local and Victorian economy now and into the future.
The draft SPP will also better protect the natural and cultural assets that underpin the region’s appeal as a tourist destination.
The strategic planning document will guide the future use, development, and management of land within the Bellarine Peninsula declared area including key strategies for conserving waterways, landscapes and other environmental and cultural heritage features, reducing emissions, and restoring habitat.
The draft SPP is based on expert advice and has been developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in collaboration with the Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung and local councils. The vision, objectives and strategies within the SPP seek to provide greater recognition of the connection and stewardship of the Wadawurrung regarding land in the declared area.
Public consultation on the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP is open from now until Friday 20 August 2021. For more information visit www.engage.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Duty Member for Bellarine Gayle Tierney
“The draft SPP clarifies where sustainable development can occur on the Bellarine Peninsula, while ensuring long-term protection of all the things that make the region such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.”
“We know how much locals love the Bellarine Peninsula and rightly how protective they are of its beautiful towns and landscapes. That’s why this is such a great opportunity to get involved and have a say.”
“Stronger protections for the significant environmental and cultural attributes right across the Bellarine Peninsula means it will be a place that people will continue to want to visit and continue driving tourism and the economy.”