Phase 3 Engagement

Draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy

Public engagement on the draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) has now closed.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) prepared the draft SPP in collaboration with the Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung, the Borough of Queenscliffe, the City of Greater Geelong, relevant government agencies and authorities, with significant community input.

The draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP is informed by previous public engagement feedback, technical studies, the Queenscliffe and Greater Geelong planning schemes and councils’ strategic planning work.


Phase 3 engagement

During phase 1 engagement, you were asked to define your future aspirations for the Bellarine Peninsula. In phase 2, we asked you to review a draft 50-year vision statement and to consider strategic directions on how to achieve it.

For phase 3 engagement, we asked for your feedback on the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP. This included feedback on the 50-year vision statement, the objectives and strategies to achieve the vision, and the declared area framework plan. The declared area framework plan identified areas for conservation, long-term protected settlement boundaries, and areas for change within established areas.

The draft SPP objectives are binding on responsible public entities (RPEs), while the strategies act as recommendations that RPEs must consider in performing their duties. RPEs are municipal councils, departments, statutory authorities and public land managers such as the Department of Transport, Parks Victoria, Barwon Water, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management and Barwon Coast Committee of Management.

You can view the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP here:

Phase 3 engagement submissions

Phase 3 engagement on the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP resulted in a total of 618 long-form and short-from submission surveys completed. Of these, there were 201 additional documents submitted.

You can view the 164 submissions which consented to be released publicly here:

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Next steps

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will consider all submissions received and prepare a consultation report for the consideration by the Minister for Planning. The results of this phase of public engagement will inform the preparation of a final draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP. This final draft SPP will be provided to responsible public entities and Ministers responsible for those entities for endorsement. The government will then seek the Governor in Council’s approval for the final draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP.

Once approved, the Bellarine Peninsula SPP will form part of the standard provisions of the Victoria Planning Provisions, with immediate effect. Planning scheme amendments will also be progressed to operationalise it through the Queenscliffe and Greater Geelong planning schemes.

Bellarine Peninsula Distinctive Area and Landscape

Short Form Submission

This short form allows you to provide feedback on the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP vision and objectives. It takes approximately five minutes to complete and further information can be uploaded at the end of the form.

If you'd like to provide feedback on the strategies associated with the objectives in the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP, please use the long form submission tab.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victoria’s privacy laws.


Submissions

The submissions you provide to DELWP will be reviewed by the ‘Bellarine Peninsula Declared Areas and Landscapes’ project team and will be deidentified before it is used to develop the engagement findings report. The engagement findings report will be uploaded to the ‘Bellarine Peninsula Declared Areas and Landscapes’ webpage on DELWP’s website. The information in it will be available to the Minister for Planning, DELWP staff, and its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements.

The email address you provide may be used to contact you should we need to clarify your submission, provide you with project updates, or survey you about your customer experience.

To protect individual privacy, DELWP will remove all personally identifiable information (e.g. individual name and email address) from submissions before they are published on the DELWP website. Please make sure you do not include any free text that would identify you or anyone else. If you are making a submission on behalf of a group or organisation, then your comments may be published, including the name of your organisation. De-identified submissions may be used by DELWP, or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements, in preparing its recommendations to government.

Please note, if you do not provide your email address, we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction, or require technical support.

Please contact us via email at planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au should you need to correct the information you provided or gain access to your submission.

For further information about the department’s Privacy Policy please view the DELWP Privacy Policy.

Long Form Submission

This form allows you to provide detailed feedback on the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP vision, objectives and strategies. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and further information can be uploaded at the end of the form.

If you'd like to provide simple feedback on the vision and objectives listed in the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP, please use the short form submission tab.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victoria’s privacy laws.


Submissions

The submissions you provide to DELWP will be reviewed by the ‘Bellarine Peninsula Declared Areas and Landscapes’ project team and will be deidentified before it is used to develop the engagement findings report. The engagement findings report will be uploaded to the ‘Bellarine Peninsula Declared Areas and Landscapes’ webpage on DELWP’s website. The information in it will be available to the Minister for Planning, DELWP staff, and its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements.

The email address you provide may be used to contact you should we need to clarify your submission, provide you with project updates, or survey you about your customer experience.

To protect individual privacy, DELWP will remove all personally identifiable information (e.g. individual name and email address) from submissions before they are published on the DELWP website. Please make sure you do not include any free text that would identify you or anyone else. If you are making a submission on behalf of a group or organisation, then your comments may be published, including the name of your organisation. De-identified submissions may be used by DELWP, or its contracted service providers under confidentiality agreements, in preparing its recommendations to government.

Please note, if you do not provide your email address, we will not be able to identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction, or require technical support.

Please contact us via email at planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au should you need to correct the information you provided or gain access to your submission.

For further information about the department’s Privacy Policy please view the DELWP Privacy Policy.

Technical Studies

The draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) has been informed by the following technical studies. These documents have been prepared or commissioned by DELWP with input from Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung, the City of Greater Geelong, responsible public entities and other government agencies.

Bellarine Peninsula Settlement Background Paper (DELWP, 2021) Provides the contextual information and technical work that informs the settlement policy set out in the draft SPP. The findings of relevant technical studies along with the public engagement results were considered in preparing the paper.
Bellarine Peninsula Settlement Background Paper
PDF (11.38 MB)
Bellarine Peninsula Settlement Background Paper - Accessible Version
MS Word (14.41 MB)
Wadawurrung Cultural Heritage Summary (Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, 2020) Outlines the Aboriginal cultural heritage importance of the declared area to the Traditional Owners.
Wadawurrung Cultural Heritage Summary
PDF (591.79 KB)
Wadawurrung Cultural Heritage Summary - Accessible Version
MS Word (813.08 KB)
Township Character Assessment (Ethos Urban, 2020) Provides the background information for protecting township character, while enabling development. It has informed the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP and potential implementation actions identified in the Settlement Background Paper (DELWP, 2021).
Bellarine Peninsula Township Character Assessment - EthosUrban
PDF (6.25 MB)
Landscape Assessment Review Volumes 1-2 (Claire Scott Planning, 2020) Identifies the areas of national, state and regional landscape significance and provides guidance on how to better protect the landscape character of the Bellarine Peninsula declared area.
Volume 1 - Landscape Assessment Report - Bellarine Peninsula
PDF (11.82 MB)
Volume 2 - Statutory Implementation Package - Bellarine Peninsula
PDF (2.92 MB)
Bellarine Peninsula Bushfire Landscape Analysis (Kevin Hazell Bushfire Planning, 2021) Idenitfies and provide analysis of bushfire risk throughout the declared area.
Bellarine Peninsula Bushfire Landscape Assessment - Kevin Hazell Bushfire Planning
PDF (2.32 MB)
Bellarine Peninsula Analysis of Proposed Bushfire SLOs - Kevin HazeLl Bushfire Planning
PDF (1.27 MB)

Overview

Declaration

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.

Phase 2 Engagement

Results of phase two engagement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) undertook its second pahse of public engagement from 17 April to 14 June 2020. Feedback was sought on a draft 50-year vision statement and potential policy approaches for the SPP. A Discussion Paper was also prepared to support this phase of engagement and is available in the Document Library.

The feedback received through this phase of engagement informed the preparation of the draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP).

The full public engagement report is available to download below and from the Document Library.

Phase 1 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.

Declaration

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: