Update 03 May 2021:

The Minister for Planning has filed correspondence in relation to Amendment VC185 (document 337).

Parties are advised the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee: Surf Coast Hearing has closed unless the Chair advises otherwise by 21 May 2021.


Overview

The Minister for Planning has appointed an independent Standing Advisory Committee known as the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee (the Committee). The Committee can advise on draft Statements of Planning Policy and any other planning policy and implementation matter referred to it by the Minister for Planning. The Committee comprises Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Lester Townsend (Deputy Chair), Con Tsotsoros (Deputy Chair), Peter Boyle, Shannon Davies, Peter Edwards, Ian Hamm, Sophie Handley, Gabby McMillan, Natasha Reifschneider, and Geoff Underwood.

Committee members considering the Surf Coast referral are Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Ian Hamm, Tanya Burdett, Shannon Davies and Peter Edwards.

See the Committee Member biographies (PDF).

The work and scope of the Committee are guided by the Terms of Reference (PDF) issued by the Minister for Planning. The Committee is administered by Planning Panels Victoria. To learn more visit the Planning Panels Victoria website.

Draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy

On 8 November 2020, the Minister for Planning referred the draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) and proposed landscape planning controls to the Committee for advice.

View the letter of referral (PDF)

The Committee has been requested to consider all written submissions received, convene a public hearing and advise the Minister for Planning on the robustness of the draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy and proposed landscape planning controls in meeting the objects of Section 46AN the Planning and Environment Act 1987 . This includes making recommendations on any amendments needed to the draft Surf Coast SPP and proposed landscape planning controls.

This webpage will be updated as any further referrals are received from the Minister for Planning.

Committee Process

Public Exhibition

The draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy and proposed landscape planning controls was on public exhibition between Thursday 19 November and 4.00pm on Friday 29 January 2021.

Submissions were invited during this time.


Public Hearings

The Public Hearing involved two main components: the Directions Hearing and the main Hearing.

Directions Hearing

A Directions Hearing was held from on Thursday 11 February 2021.

Main Hearing

The Public Hearing commenced on Monday 15 March 2021 and closed on Thursday 29 April 2021 unless the Chair advises by 21 May 2021.


Privacy and Intellectual Property

Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Notice (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the body of your submission, such as physical addresses, photographs of children, email address and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au

Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee

This Privacy Collection Statement relates to all submissions collected in relation to the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee (the ‘Committee’). Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is providing administrative services to the Committee.

PPV is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and submissions will be managed in accordance with the Department’s Information Privacy Policy. The Department’s Information Privacy Policy is online at https://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/doing-business-with-us/information-privacy.

Use of your submission

Your submission has been collected by the Committee for the purpose of helping to formulate its advice to the Minister for Planning in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

Natural justice to participants and transparency are important parts of the Committee process. In meeting its legislative requirements and complying with the Terms of Reference, the Committee may do the following with your submission:

  • Publish a copy of your submission, in its entirety, on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website as required
  • The name of the submitter
  • Provide a copy of your submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Local Councils, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Government Agencies and other parties (submitters) to the process
  • Display a copy of your submission in the Planning Panels Victoria Office
  • Display a copy of your submission at relevant Local Council, local Library or Government Offices as appropriate
  • If a face to face Hearing is to be held, provide a copy of your submission in the Hearing room.

Publication of your personal information on the Internet

The Committee Report will be published on the internet and may include:

  • Direct quotes from some of the submission

Planning Panels Victoria will remove your submission from the web pages that it controls within three months after the Committee has reported. Planning Panels Victoria cannot guarantee that your submission will be removed from external web pages outside its control.


Hearing of submissions

The Committee will conduct its proceedings through a Hearing.

The Hearing may be held face to face, via telephone conference or via video conference or a combination of these. You should be aware the Committee may:

  • broadcast submissions and proceedings live on the internet
  • record submissions and proceedings
  • make the recording available on request to submitters and parties to the hearing of submissions and third parties
  • publish the recording on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website
  • use your phone contact details to contact you during a telephone/video hearing of submissions as is necessary.

The Committee will direct that parties do not record online hearing of submissions or use them for any other purpose. However, the Committee is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online hearing of submissions, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing of submissions context cannot be regulated by the Committee.

All participants are reminded that during the Committee process, the privacy of others should be respected and to refrain from the defamation of others.

After the Committee has reported

After the Committee has reported to the Minister for Planning all submissions will be removed from all public display within three months.

Your original submission and any additional material provided to the Committee will be held at Planning Panels Victoria for two years and then sent to the Public Records Office of Victoria. All additional copies of the submissions and other material held by Planning Panels Victoria will be securely destroyed.

If you have any concerns in respect to the way your personal information or submission will be used please contact Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 5114 or Planning.Panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Committee process and making a submission please contact:

Name Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions in relation to the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes program please contact:

Name Places and Precincts Division, DELWP
Phone 136 186
Email planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au