Phase 2 Engagement
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is continuing to deliver the government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscapes program while Victoria’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is underway. All project updates will be noted on this website and emailed to subscribers.
Phase 3 public engagement on the draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) is expected to occur in early 2021 and will include a written public submissions process. We are currently looking at the best way to consult given current social distancing requirements.
After this phase of engagement, the SPP will be finalised and provided to responsible public entities for endorsement. This includes Bass Coast Shire Council.Once endorsed, the SPP will be sent to the Governor in Council for approval.
The SPP will include a 50-year vision and land use strategies to better protect the unique features of the Bass Coast declared area. It will also designate long-term settlement boundaries to provide greater certainty for current and future generations.
Phase 2 Engagement
Phase 2 engagement for the Bass Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape project is now closed. The feedback we receive through this phase of engagement will help us to prepare a draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP).
The Bass Coast DAL Discussion Paper has been prepared for this phase of engagement and is available in the document library. We are seeking feedback on a draft 50-year vision statement and potential policy approaches for the SPP.
Results of phase one engagement
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) undertook its first phase of public engagement from 10 July 2019 to 12 August 2019.
The engagement sought community feedback on:
- What is most valued about the Bass Coast?
- What threats there are to these values?
- Ways we could protect what is valued?
- The vision for the future of the Bass Coast?
In October 2019 Bass Coast was declared a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The declaration triggers the requirement to prepare a Statement of Planning Policy.
The declaration area is the municipal district of Bass Coast Shire and a map of the Declared Area is available to download from the Document Library.
Statement of Planning Policy
The Statement of Planning Policy will include a 50-year vision and land use strategies to better protect the unique features of the Bass Coast for current and future generations. It also provides the opportunity to designate long term settlement boundaries.
The Policy will be informed by strategic planning work already undertaken, relevant technical studies and outcomes from community engagement.