Surf Coast Planning Scheme Amendment C133

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Monday 4 October 2021.

The Surf Coast Shire Council has prepared Amendment C133 to the Surf Coast Planning Scheme to implement the recommendations from the Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy into the Surf Coast Planning Scheme.

Land Affected by the amendment

The land affected by the amendment is the Shire’s hinterland (all land zoned Farming and Rural Conservation Zone outside a settlement boundary).

What the amendment does

The amendment proposes to change local planning policy to strengthen the role of the hinterland for agriculture and facilitate tourism and nature based tourism in designated areas. It also proposes to change the Schedule to the Farming Zone to simplify the minimum lot size requirements within the Thompsons Creek Catchment area.

Want to know more?

Frequently asked questions

Council has prepared a series of quick explanatory videos explaining the key elements of the amendment which can be accessed below:


Amendment Documents:

Instructions for viewing amendment documents(PDF, 68KB)

Clause 02.03 Strategic Directions(PDF, 206KB)

Clause 12.01 Biodiversity(PDF, 148KB)

Clause 13.02 Bushfire(PDF, 155KB)

Clause 14.01 Agriculture(PDF, 3MB)

Clause 15.01 Built Environment(PDF, 3MB)

Clause 17.01 Employment(PDF, 105KB)

Clause 17.04 Tourism(PDF, 1MB)

Schedule to Clause 35.07 Farming Zone(PDF, 2MB)

Schedule to Clause 72.08 Background Documents(PDF, 169KB)

Schedule to Clause 74.02 Further Strategic Work(PDF, 104KB)

Explanatory Report(PDF, 571KB)

Instruction Sheet(PDF, 571KB)

Supporting Documents

Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy 2019(PDF, 6MB)

Hinterland Design Guidelines Draft 2020(PDF, 6MB)

Thompsons Creek Catchment Review Draft 2020(PDF, 2MB)

You may also view a copy of the proposed planning scheme amendment at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

How to make a submission

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter would like to see made.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 4 October 2021. A submission must be mailed to Coordinator Strategic Land Use Planning, PO Box 350, Torquay, VIC 3228 or lodged by filling in the online form below.

Background to the amendment

Council resolved to adopt the Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy at the Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 28 May, 2019.

The Strategy includes a vision, five key objectives and thirty-eight priority actions to provide clear strategic directions for the rural areas of the shire, which respects the shire's environment and scenic landscapes.

View the adopted Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy(PDF, 6MB)