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MEDIA RELEASE - Planning Panel supports planning amendments

22 June 2018

Planning Panels Victoria has given the green light for two amendments to be made to the Glenelg Shire Planning Scheme.

Amendments to the Portland Heritage Gaps Study (Amendment C89) and the Cape Bridgewater Structure Plan (Amendment C92) have been conditionally approved by Planning Panels Victoria, with the documents set to be officially endorsed by council at the July ordinary council meeting.

Glenelg Shire corporate services director David Hol said the amendments, which were developed after extensive community consultation, would help to retain the shire’s iconic heritage and address zoning issues in Cape Bridgewater.

“Council is pleased to have received the support from Planning Panels Victoria to implement the changes,” he said.

“Amendment C89 will introduce a new heritage local planning policy, which will expand the existing Portland heritage precinct and the Heritage Overlay. Amendment C92 will introduce a settlement boundary around Cape Bridgewater and rezone the land into Rural Living and Rural Activity Zone.

“The Panel provided positive commentary for their support of both documents. The assessors made note that the Heritage Gaps Study ‘adopts a sound methodology to achieve State Planning Policy objectives’ and was ‘well founded through considerable research and strategically justified’, which is fantastic feedback.

“After consideration of all views, the Panel also supported council’s recommendation that the Fishermans Wharf/Breakwater not be heritage listed.

“In light of this positive feedback received from the Panel, community members can be assured that future development in our shire will continue to be guided by thorough planning policies which are in line with contemporary issues.”

Amendment C89 and C92 will now be submitted to the July council meeting for adoption, addressing any minor modifications as recommended by Panel.

Both documents, along with the reports from Planning Panels Victoria, are available for public viewing via the planning section of the council website.

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