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New planning laws to save the character of the Mornington Peninsula

A Liberal Government will introduce strict new planning rules within its first 100 days of office, to protect the liveability and character of our townships and rural hinterland.

Melbourne can’t keep growing the way it currently is, our city needs to have the right growth in the right places, not a one size fits all free for all.

As soon as they took office, Daniel Andrews and Labor watered down strict planning protections. This has led to a free for all of inappropriate development in many local suburban streets.

Labor’s changes have not only sacrificed strict planning rules and neighbourhood character controls, they have caused more congestion on local roads that is choking the Peninsula

A Liberal Nationals Government will restore the protections to residential suburbs removed by Daniel Andrews and Labor.

We will reverse the damaging aspects of Labor’s changes, specifically:

  • reintroduce the two dwelling limit on lots in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone
  • reduce the building height in parts of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone
  • bring back the 9 metre discretionary height limit in the General Residential Zone
  • Reviewing the ‘Garden Area’ rule to make it more sensible and workable

These changes are so important to protect our quality of life that an elected Liberal Government will introduce them in its first 100 days.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis:

“Daniel Andrews has made changes to our planning laws that are now choking Melbourne’s suburbs with unplanned overdevelopment.

Labor’s plan to allow high density development on all parts of Melbourne is creating more pressure on our lifestyles and families.

At the next election, local voters will have a chance to send Daniel Andrews a strong message and reject Labor’s rules that allow this sort of unplanned overdevelopment on the Mornington Peninsula.

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Nepean, Russell Joseph:

“Only a Liberal National Government will introduce strict planning rules to protect our townships and coastal villages from inappropriate overdevelopment.

A Liberal Government will put the brakes on this unplanned overdevelopment and give control back to local residents and local councils.

Victoria needs the right growth in the right places, not allowing anything to be built anywhere.

The unique character of our townships is what makes living and visiting the Peninsula so great, but at the moment all of that is at risk with Daniel Andrews’ alternative vision to build his own ‘Brunswick-by-the-Bay’ .

That’s why I am working hard to make sure an elected Liberal Government will introduce these rules to restore protections from overdevelopment of our local area.”

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