Bass Coast Shire Council has been authorised by the Minister for Planning to prepare an amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.
The Amendment (c136) proposes to rezone 53 hectares of land within the settlement boundary for Cape Paterson from Farming Zone to General Residential Zone Schedule 1.
In April this year, the application to commence the process to prepare Amendment c136 was deferred while the Bass Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape project was developed.
The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, recently declared the entire Bass Coast Shire as a ‘Distinctive Area and Landscape’ (DAL) to protect its environment, landscape and lifestyle.
Since this declaration, Council has been authorised to prepare Amendment c136, with regard to the ‘Bass Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape project and in particular, any impacts on settlement planning for Cape Paterson and the environmental and landscape significance of the land subject to the amendment’.
Once the Amendment is prepared, it will be placed on public exhibition for feedback. While expected to get underway soon, the timeframes for this process have not yet been determined.