Standing Advisory Committee
Standing Advisory Committee Hearings Complete
Hearings of the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Standing Advisory Committee appointed to review submissions to the draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy and proposed landscape planning controls have now closed. Thank you to all of those who lodged a submission during this period.
The Committee is now compiling its advice and recommendations, and is expected to provide a report to the Minister for Planning.
The Minister will consider this advice in finalising the Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy and landscape planning controls.
The Committee was appointed by the Minister to review more than 3,000 written submissions lodged to the proposals over the public consultation period that ran from 19 November 2020 until 29 January 2021.
The draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy, proposed landscape planning controls and background information are available below.
Further updates will be posted on this webpage as they come to become available.
Draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy and proposed landscape planning controls
The draft Surf Coast SPP seeks to ensure long-term protection of the declared area’s unique coastal environments, cultural heritage, natural resources and townships. It includes a 50-year vision, objectives and strategies to achieve the vision and a declared area framework plan for facilitating an integrated approach to decision-making by relevant responsible public entities. Protected settlement boundaries are proposed to protect the valued coastal and rural hinterland settings, settings, while enabling growth in preferred locations. This will provide greater certainty about opportunities for housing, tourism and infrastructure investment that will help create jobs and a strong local economy.
The proposed landscape planning controls seek to better protect the state and nationally significant landscapes found along the coast and surrounding Torquay-Jan Juc.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has prepared these documents for public consultation together with Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung, the Surf Coast Shire, the City of Greater Geelong, responsible public entities and other government agencies. Both documents have been informed by two phases of public engagement, the Surf Coast and Greater Geelong planning schemes, local councils’ strategic planning work and further technical studies by DELWP.You can view the draft Surf Coast SPP, proposed landscape planning controls and a summary here:
Hard copies are available on request from the following locations:
51 Little Malop Street,
Geelong VIC 3220
Surf City Plaza, Beach Road,
Torquay VIC 3228
163 High Street,
Belmont VIC 3216
230 Pioneer Road,
Grovedale VIC 3216
Corner Roslyn Road and Bellevue Avenue,
Highton VIC 3216
Upon receipt of the Standing Advisory Committee’s report, the Minister for Planning will prepare a final draft Surf Coast SPP and provide it 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 Surf Coast SPP.
Once approved, the Surf Coast 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 Surf Coast and Greater Geelong planning schemes.
The draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) and proposed landscape planning controls have been informed by the following technical studies. These documents have been prepared or commissioned by DELWP with input from Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung, the Surf Coast Shire, the City of Greater Geelong, responsible public entities and other government agencies.
Settlement Background Paper (DELWP, 2020)
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.
Township Character Assessment (Ethos Urban, 2020)
Provides the background information for protecting township character, while enabling development. It has informed the draft Surf Coast SPP and potential implementation actions identified in the Settlement Background Paper (DELWP, 2020).
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 Surf Coast declared area.
Wadawurrung Cultural Heritage Summary (Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, 2020)
Outlines the Aboriginal cultural heritage importance of the declared area to the Traditional Owners.
Ecological Opportunities and Constraints Assessment: Torquay North East Future Residential Investigation Area (Ecology and Heritage Partners, 2020)
Provides an ecological assessment of the suitability of the Torquay North East Future Residential Investigation Area for future development.
The Surf Coast is renowned for its excellent beaches, coastal biodiversity, and a wealth of recreation and tourism opportunities. It is also the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, a national heritage site.
The region has experienced increasing urban development pressure, particularly in Torquay-Jan Juc. To ensure the region’s long-term sustainability, we must effectively balance growth while protecting the features and characteristics that make the Surf Coast special.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working with local councils, the Wadawurrung People, the community and other key stakeholders as they undertake this project.
The Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape Project will inform the development of the Great Ocean Road Strategic Framework Plan, which will provide further protection to the Great Ocean Road Region.
In September 2019, parts of the Surf Coast Shire Council and City of Greater Geelong 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 shaded in blue 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 and the Wadawurrung People.
In September 2021, parts of the Surf Coast Shire and the City of Greater Geelong were redeclared to ensure the previous declaration did not lapse and to provide sufficient time for the finalisation of the Statement of Planning Policy. The declaration commenced on 20 September 2021.
The declaration assessment report prepared by DELWP and the associated landscape advice are available to download here:
Results of phase one 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 14 June 2019.
Extensive feedback was collected about what the community and stakeholders valued about the Surf Coast region, the threats to those values and suggestions for how those values should be protected. This feedback was an important input into the declaration of the area as a distinctive area and landscape. It has also informed the phase two engagement questions listed below.
A summary of our phase one engagement findings and the full consultation report are available to download here:
Results of phase two engagement
Results of phase two engagement
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) undertook its second phase of public engagement from 18 October to 15 November 2019.
This engagement involved an online survey and face-to-face sessions with the public and responsible public entities.
We sought feedback on a draft vision statement and potential policy approaches for seven policy domains, being:
2. Environment and Biodiversity
3. Risk and Resilience
4. Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
5. Post-Contact Heritage
6. Economy and Infrastructure
This feedback was an important input into the preparation of the draft Surf Coast Statement of Planning Policy.
A summary of the findings from phase two engagement is provided in the report available to download here: