Amendment status

Council prepared Amendment C162basc to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme which underwent public exhibition between 15 December 2022 and 16 January 2023. Council considered the submissions received in response to exhibition at its Meeting on 15 February 2023 and resolved to refer all submissions to the Panel.

A two-day Panel hearing was held on 20 and 21 April 2023 at the Bass Coast Shire Council Chambers, its purpose was to hear submissions and make recommendations about whether the Amendment should proceed.

Following the consideration of the amendment, the appointed Panel submitted its report of recommendations to Council.

The Panel considered all written submissions made in response to the exhibition of the Amendment, observations from the site visit, written submissions made directly to the Panel, evidence and other material presented to it during the Hearing. We would like to thank all submitters for their contributions, and appreciate the time and effort taken by those who participated in the Panel Hearings.

Council considered the Panel’s recommendation and adopted Amendment C162 at its meeting on Wednesday 21 June 2023. The agenda and minutes of the Council Meeting can be accessed at the following link.

The Minister for Planning approved Amendment C162basc on 26 October 2023 and came into operation on the 3 November 2023.

About the amendment

Council has prepared Amendment C162basc to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme which was on public exhibition between Thursday, 15 December 2022 and Monday, 16 January 2023.

What does the amendment do?

The amendment rezones the land at Bass Road, Bass from Farming Zone (FZ) to Low Density Residential Zone (LDRZ).

This land is formally described as Lot 1 on Plan of Subdivision LP149977 and is located at the south-east of the intersection of Statter Mission Road and Bass Road.

The explanatory report and supporting documents on this page provide more detail about the amendment.

Location of subject site

Why does the planning scheme need to be amended?

The amendment is required to implement an outcome of the Bass Coast Strategic Coastal Planning Framework (2011).

The Framework was introduced by Planning Scheme Amendment C93 in 2012, which identified settlement growth across a number of mainland townships, and identifies the subject land for rezoning to Low Density Residential Zone.

The Strategic Framework Plan for Bass is included at Clause 11.01-1L-22 of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

The Bass Strategic Framework Plan included at Clause 11.01-1L-22 of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

Submissions about the amendment are now closed.

A submission may:

  • Support the amendment and request that Council approve it as exhibited;
  • Oppose the amendment for specified reasons and ask Council to not proceed with it;
  • Suggest changes to the amendment to address concerns.

The easiest way to make a submission is by completing the online submission form at the end of this page.

Alternatively, submissions can be made in writing and sent to:

Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address (email preferable), 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.

For posted submissions, allowing adequate time for Australia Post is encouraged to ensure your submission is received by the closing date.

Bass Coast Shire Council as the planning authority for this amendment is required to make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

The Bass Coast Planning Scheme sets out the policies and requirements for the use, development and protection of land within Bass Coast Shire.

All planning schemes have a standard structure drawn from the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and specified in the Ministerial Direction on the Form and Content of Planning Schemes.

Planning schemes have three main parts:

  1. Maps showing how land is affected by zones and overlays.
  2. The ordinance setting out the written requirements of a scheme.
  3. Incorporated documents such as the Code of Practice for Private Tennis Court Development.

    o learn more about planning schemes, see:

    From time to time, a need arises to change a planning scheme. Changes to the planning scheme are called amendments and the process is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (the Act). An amendment may involve a change to a planning scheme map, a change to the written part of the scheme, or both.

    Anyone can ask the planning authority (Council) to prepare an amendment, and the proponent must be able to demonstrate adequate justification for it. The planning authority will have to be certain that the amendment has planning merit and is consistent with the future strategic directions for the municipality.

    An amendment becomes part of the planning scheme when it is approved by the Minister and notice is published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

    To learn more about amendments to planning schemes and the process, you can: