Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan
The Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan will guide the development of a new growth area in Wonthaggi. The Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan will plan for the construction of approximately 5,000 new homes over the next 30 to 50 years. It will also identify what infrastructure is needed to support the growing community, such as roads and community facilities, and land for employment and retail.
Consultation on the Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan and accompanying draft planning scheme amendment documents closed on Monday 30 November 2020.
For a summary of the consultation findings, refer to the Wonthaggi North East – Public consultation report – December 2020 (PDF).
VPA Fast Track Program
The Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan has been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program. You can read more about the VPA’s Fast Track Program here.
The project will use the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee to consider unresolved matters and provide advice to the Minister and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) prior to VPA finalising the amendment for the Minister for Planning’s consideration.
Draft amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared a draft amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme to include the Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan as an Incorporated Document and make the required changes to the Planning Policy Framework. The draft Amendment will enable the Wonthaggi North East to develop in line with Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan.
The draft Amendment includes the Wonthaggi North East Development Contributions Plan to manage the delivery of local infrastructure. It also includes the Wonthaggi North East Native Vegetation Precinct Plan to manage native vegetation.
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Referral of Draft Amendment C152 to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme to the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee
Between 2 November and 1 December 2020, the VPA undertook a targeted public consultation process for the Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan and the associated draft planning scheme amendment.
Tranche 1 of the Wonthaggi North East PSP Standing Advisory Committee Hearing concluded on the 16th of April 2021 and addressed matters relating to strategic planning, road network planning, vegetation and bushfire hazard. The Committee submitted its Interim Report on the findings and recommendations on the Tranche 1 Hearing on 2 June 2021. In accordance with the Terms of Reference the VPA is required to release the report within 10 business days of its receipt (18 June 2021). To view the SAC’s report, refer to:
- Wonthaggi North East PSP – Draft Bass Coast Planning Scheme Amendment C152basc Referral 3 – Tranche 1 – VPASAC Interim Report (PPV) June 2021 (PDF)
Tranche 2 of the hearing is slated to commence on the 6th of December 2021 and will address matters relating to pipeline infrastructure, drainage and the DCP. The VPA are undertaking further work between the hearings that will inform revised versions of the PSP, DCP and NVPP. To access a copy of the most recent directions letter, refer to:
A Precinct Structure Plan is a land use and infrastructure plan to guide development of the area over time. It sets out the intended Future Urban Structure detailing land uses, infrastructure and built-form outcomes to be reflected by development applications. Together with the broader planning framework, precinct structure planning is an important part of the State Government’s strategy to address population growth, housing and employment demands.
Wonthaggi North East has been identified as a key growth area for Bass Coast Shire and the peri-urban area around Melbourne. Planning for growth in the right places ensures the long-term protection and enhancement of the assets we value, such as coastal settlements, coastal reserves and rural hinterland. The Plan will also identify land for houses and ensure the infrastructure is provided to support these new homes.
The Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan will capture the benefits of growth while maintaining Wonthaggi as a strong regional centre with attractive new communities and surrounding farmland. The Victorian Government and Bass Coast Shire Council see it as an ideal place to support the Bass Shires’ growing population, thanks to its existing infrastructure and amenity. The Victorian Planning Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council have prepared the draft Wonthaggi North East PSP, Wonthaggi North East Development Contributions Plan (DCP) and Wonthaggi North East Native Vegetation Precinct Plan (NVPP). These documents will guide new urban development and reserve land for key infrastructure within the precinct, manage development contributions and native vegetation retention and removal.
The draft documents are now being exhibited for community feedback. Once approved, the Bass Coast Planning Scheme will be amended to incorporate the final PSP, DCP and NVPP.
A Development Contributions Plan (DCP) is a system for funding basic and essential local infrastructure required by a new community.
The DCP is made up of a community levy and a development levy. These levies are a pre-set rate that may be used to fund transport, community and recreation infrastructure and public land provision.
The Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan is part of the VPA – Fast Track Program, an element of the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. This accelerated work program will provide certainty for communities and a pipeline of development that will assist in delivering future jobs and homes for Victorians as the economy recovers from the impact of the pandemic.
As part of the VPA Fast Track Program, if required, the Wonthaggi North East PSP will be subject to the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee (VPA SAC). The VPA SAC will independently advise the Minister for Planning and the VPA on any Fast Track project, plan and associated draft planning scheme amendments that are referred to it.
While the VPA will seek to resolve any issues raised during this consultation process, unresolved issues or particular matters will be referred to the VPA SAC, which will contact submitters and then determine the best way to consider unresolved matters – either by round table discussions, written submissions or a public hearing.
The VPA SAC will provide advice on the draft amendment to the VPA and Minister for Planning. The VPA will then make recommendations to the Minister for Planning, who will consider the appropriate approval pathway for a draft amendment to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.
As part of the VPA – Fast-Track Program, if required, the PSP will be subject to the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee (VPA SAC). The VPA SAC will advise the Minister for Planning and the VPA on referred projects and plans and associated draft planning scheme amendments.
While the VPA will seek to resolve any issues raised, unresolved issues or particular matters requiring further consideration will be referred to the VPA SAC. The SAC will determine the best way to consider unresolved matters – this may include round table discussions, written submissions or a public hearing.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is a State Government statutory authority that reports to the Victorian Minister for Planning and acts as the state’s strategic planner.
The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain a great places to work and live. This requires vision and long-term planning, to ensure Victorians have equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public space and affordable housing for our growing population.
The plan considers the:
- Existing state and local planning policy
- existing natural features of the site
- surrounding uses
- infrastructure needs of the community.
Several technical investigations have been undertaken to prepare the draft plan including:
- retail and employment
- environment and biodiversity.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared the plan with the assistance of:
- Bass Coast Shire Council
- government agencies
- service authorities
- other key stakeholders.
The Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) plans for an expansion of the town’s existing infrastructure to service the increased population, including:
- A new road network that provides alternative routes through and around the town.
- An expanded business and industry precinct to create more local jobs in Wonthaggi.
- New pedestrian and cycle paths linking to and building on the significant Bass Coast trail network.
- 98 hectares of new open space including waterways and wetlands.
- Provision for a new community and village hub.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Bass Coast Shire Council have prepared the draft Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan, Wonthaggi North East Development Contributions Plan and Wonthaggi North East Native Vegetation Precinct Plan. These documents will guide new urban development and reserve land for key infrastructure within the precinct, manage development contributions and native vegetation retention and removal.
Once approved, the Bass Coast Planning Scheme will be amended to incorporate the final PSP, DCP and NVPP.
The Wonthaggi North East PSP will create an attractive extension to the existing Wonthaggi township, providing long term residential and employment growth for Bass Coast Shire. The PSP will allow a significant expansion to Wonthaggi, including community facilities, parks, trails and a new sports reserve. The PSP will also provide employment opportunities by allowing commercial and industrial businesses to establish on the Bass Highway.
The PSP will ensure that new communities are integrated with the existing town through road connections and tree-lined streets connecting to St Clair Boulevard. The extensive pathway network will connect residents to parks, sporting and community facilities, bushland, the existing township and the Bass Coast Rail Trail.
Protection and enhancement of Wonthaggi’s natural assets will be a crucial component of the PSP, through the retention and rehabilitation of native vegetation, and improvement of existing waterways.
The introduction of an extensive waterway and wetland system will anchor the new community, providing a natural thoroughfare through the precinct and allowing for recreational opportunities. The significant wetland and waterways areas for stormwater management will include landscaping and pathways.
The urban structure concept supports an engaged community with development opportunities that encourage access to local employment, participation in community and recreation activities, and contribute positively to the physical and social health and well-being of all members of the community.