Phase 2 Engagement


The Bellarine Peninsula is known for its attractive rural hinterland, boutique wineries and artisan producers. With historic towns such as Queenscliff and excellent beaches, it is a tourism and recreation destination.

The Bellarine Peninsula is coming under increasing pressure from development, visitation and climate change impacts (such as flooding and erosion), increasing the threat of degradation to its landscape, environment and heritage values. There is a need to manage residential and visitation growth and their associated challenges sustainably and safely.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will work in collaboration with the Borough of Queenscliffe, the City of Greater Geelong, and Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung People in preparing the draft Statement of Planning Policy, with input from local communities and other key stakeholders.

Phase 2 engagement

Phase 2 engagement for the Bellarine Peninsula Distinctive Area and Landscape (DAL) 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 Bellarine Peninsula 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.

The Discussion Paper can be viewed or downloaded using the link below

Phase 2 engagement wil be open until midnight AEST 14 June 2020.

Please note

The location of settlement boundaries is a key issue of interest to the community of the Bellarine Peninsula. At this stage we are seeking your feedback on the draft vision statement and strategic policy directions to be included in the SPP. Proposed settlement boundaries, including protected settlement boundaries, will be determined following the completion of further technical work and presented in the draft SPP due to be released in the next phase of consultation planned for later this year.



On 29 October 2019 the Bellarine Peninsula 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.

A copy of the Declaration and map of the Declared Area are available to download in 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 Bellarine Peninsula 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.

Results of phase one engagement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) undertook its first phase of public engagement from 14 May 2019 to 15 July 2019.

The engagement sought community feedback on:

  • What is most valued about the Bellarine Peninsula?
  • What threats there are to these values?
  • Ways we could protect what is valued?
  • The vision for the future of the Bellarine Peninsula?

A summary of phase one engagement findings and the full public engagement report are available to download from the Document Library.


In October 2019, parts of the City of Greater Geelong Council area and the Borough of Queenscliffe were declared a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The following maps depict the declared area:

The declaration area is shown outlined in red on the map above.

DELWP undertook a comprehensive assessment of the region against the declaration criteria outlined in the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to determine the declared area. This assessment involved desktop analysis, site visits, as well as internal and external consultation with subject matter experts. It was further informed by consultation with local councils, the Wadawurrung People and the local community.

The declaration assessment report prepared by DELWP and the associated landscape advice are available to download here: