Protecting township character and responding to rising sea levels


We are proposing changes to our planning scheme to protect township character and respond to climate change impacts from sea level rise around Western Port.

Planning Scheme Amendments C271morn and C282morn aim to:

  • Ensure new developments in coastal areas respond to erosion and inundation hazards from predicted sea level rise.
  • New development in commercial and industrial areas respect the height, scale and design of existing buildings.

These changes will help us to deliver on our commitments in the Council and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 to foster well-planned townships and protect the community from climate change impacts at a time when a Climate Emergency has been declared.

The changes affect land in Hastings, Tyabb, Bittern, Crib Point, Balnarring and Balnarring Beach, Flinders, Red Hill and Red Hill South, Somers, Merricks and Merricks Beach, Point Leo and Shoreham.


Community consultation is currently open and closes 5pm, 22 April 2022.


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