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Amendment C153

Amendment C153

Amendment C153 proposes to apply the Public Acquisition Overlay to land for the purpose of reserving and acquiring it for public open space.

Land affected:

The amendment affects land at the southwest corner of the intersection of Phillip Island and Ventnor Roads, Cowes, being Lot 1 PS 706350M.

Amendment Proposal:

The Bass Coast Planning Scheme sets out the policies and requirements for the use, development and protection of land within Bass Coast Shire. From time to time, a need arises to change, or ‘amend’ a planning scheme. Planning Scheme Amendments can be changes to the maps, written text or incorporated documents of planning schemes.

This amendment proposes applying the Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) to the subject land. The PAO identifies land that is proposed to be acquired for a public purpose and has the effect of reserving that land under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986. In this instance, the PAO is proposed to be used for the purpose of reserving and acquiring the land to establish and enhance the public open space network on Phillip Island.

Current Status:


Quick Dates:

Ministerial Authorisation – Friday 03 May 2019
Exhibition starts (Gazette Notice date) – Thursday 07 November 2019
Exhibition closes – Monday 09 December 2019

Should a Planning Panel Hearing be required for Amendment C153, the following tentative dates have been set aside:

Directions hearing – week commencing Monday 23 March 2020

Panel hearing – week commencing Monday 27 April 2020

Amendment Documents:

C153 Planning Report

C153 Explanatory Report

C153 Mapping

C153 Ordinances 72.03 and 45.01

C153 Instruction Sheet


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 wishes to make to the amendment to alleviate concerns.

Written submissions must be sent to:

Strategic Planning

Bass Coast Shire Council

PO Box 118

Wonthaggi VIC 3995; or

The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm Monday 9 December 2019.

Council must make a copy of every submission available at its Wonthaggi office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

Once exhibition closes, all submissions will be considered by Council and if there are any that raise issues which cannot be resolved, Council may refer them to an independent Planning Panel for recommendations about how to proceed.

Further Information:

For further information on Amendment C153 please contact Council’s Strategic Planning team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or via email

Council officers will also be available to answer any questions you may have about Amendment C153 at the Cowes Customer Service Centre on the following days:

  • Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November 2019
  • Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November 2019
  • Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 November 2019
  • Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 December 2019
  • Monday 9 December 2019