Planning and managing use and development
It is important to provide clear consistent direction for planning
and managing the use and development of coastal, estuarine and marine
environments in a way that is environmentally sustainable. This
creates the need to have appropriate integrated coastal policies,
plans and strategies that respond to the major issues affecting
the coast and importantly improve integration of catchment and marine
frameworks and provisions for planning and managing Victoria's coastal
environment range from state-wide approaches, such as SEPPs, to
regional and local-scale tools such as local planning policies in
planning schemes as well as Coastal Action Plans and other management
plans that focus on particular coastal issues and circumstances.
plans - such as this strategy, Coastal spaces (2006), Great Ocean
Road Region Strategy, Coastal Action Plans, management plans, regional
catchment strategies and planning schemes - need to be constantly
reviewed and updated to direct future use and development of the
coast in appropriate locations.
for use and development along the coastal strip is scarce and competition
is intense between different activities and land uses. This leads
to development pressures on land in lower-lying areas that require
care and consideration of a number of risks such as coastal acid
sulphate soils, land slip, flooding and climate change.
of the immediate coastal strip is reserved in public ownership and
largely managed for its natural and recreational values, the development
on adjacent private land and of adjoining coastal settlements has
dramatically impacted the coast.
challenges in mind it is important that the environmental, economic
and social values of coastal resources are identified and the impacts
of land use and development on those values are determined as far
as practicable before decisions are made.
A number of
policies and actions relating to planning and managing use and development
are outlined in this strategy and apply to the whole of the coast.
it is policy in this strategy to identify and avoid development
in areas susceptible to flooding, landslip, erosion, bush fire or
geotechnical risk and avoid disturbing coastal acid sulfate soils
(CASS). It is also policy to prohibit the development of new residential
canal estates to ensure the protection of coastal and estuarine
environments. Canal estates can have major adverse impacts on the
host estuary, causing loss of habitat, polluting estuarine waters
by urban runoff and boating activities and disturbing coastal acid
8: Estimated extent of coastal acid sulfate soils.
that planners and managers have regard to the following documents
when preparing coastal planning schemes and Coastal Action
Plans and management plans, where appropriate:
· Victorian Coastal Strategy (2008)
· Coastal spaces (2006)
· Melbourne 2030: planning for sustainable growth
(2005) and Planning for all of Melbourne: the Victorian Government
response to the Melbourne 2030 audit.
· Great Ocean Road Region Strategy (2004)
· Regional Catchment Strategies
· Approved Coastal Action Plans and management
plans under the Coastal Management Act, 1995
· Other approved management plans such as management
plans for Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries.
coastal planning schemes apply the appropriate provisions contained
within the Victoria Planning Provisions to protect non-urban
areas between settlements for their visual, environmental and
visually significant landscapes, views and vistas in coastal
areas through the application of the recommendations of the
Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study 2006.
non-urban areas for their visual landscape, environmental, agricultural
and recreational qualities.
opportunities to restructure old and inappropriate subdivisions
to reduce development impacts on the environment.
and avoid development in areas susceptible to flooding (both
river and coastal inundation), landslip, erosion, coastal acid
sulfate soils, bush fire or geotechnical risk.
disturbing coastal acid sulfate soils (CASS) and ensure any
development proposed near or on CASS demonstrates that it will
avoid any disturbance.
the development of new residential canal estates to ensure the
protection of coastal and estuarine environments.
Bluff Estate the East Gippsland Shire Council have recently
developed a structure plan to address this old and inappropriate
Gipsland Shire Council
Review the effectiveness of Victoria's coastal planning and management
arrangements and identify and develop improvements (VCC,
Review the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) in the Victoria
Planning Provisions (VPP), to include the coastal policy statements
contained in the Victorian Coastal Strategy, 2008 (DPCD,
Develop a program to implement the Draft strategy for Coastal Acid
Sulfate Soils in Victoria, which:
- raises awareness
of the location, risks and management options for CASS
leadership for the implementation
best practice in the assessment and identification of CASS risks
to guide decision makers (DSE, DPCD,
DPI, EPA, LG).
Review coastal planning schemes to determine the need to extend
their control into the marine environment for 600 metres to ensure
consistency in the area of control along the coast and to improve
the integration of catchment and marine planning and management
(DPCD, LG, DSE, VCC).