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, Gabby McMillan and Natasha Reifschneider..

The Committee members who considered the Surf Coast referral were Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Ian Hamm, Tanya Burdett, Shannon Davies and Peter Edwards.

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 was 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.


For questions about the Committee process 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
Email planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au