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.
Council adopted Amendment C133 at its meeting on 27 September 2022(PDF, 88MB). The amendment was submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval on 11 October 2022 and gazetted on 20 January 2023. The amendment now forms part of the Surf Coast Planning Scheme.
View the submitted amendment here.
Rural Hinterland Futures Strategy 2019(PDF, 6MB)
Hinterland Design Guidelines 2022(PDF, 23MB)
Thompsons Creek Catchment Review 2022
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)
The amendment was placed on public exhibition between 2 September and 4 October 2021 and 14 submissions were received. Council considered submissions to the amendment at its meeting on 23 November 2021 and resolved to refer the amendment and submissions to an independent planning panel for consideration.
The panel report(PDF, 890KB) and next steps were considered by Council at its meeting on 28 June 2022. Council supported officers undertaking further work on the ‘Thompsons Creek Catchment Review’ to incorporate recommendations made by the Panel.
Thompsons Creek Catchment Review updated(PDF, 9MB).
10 of the 13 changes to the amendment recommended by the Panel were supported by Council at its meeting on 27 September 2022. The Minister for Planning ultimately approves the amendment.
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Frequently asked questions
Council has prepared a series of quick explanatory videos explaining the key elements of the amendment which can be accessed below: