What's going on?

In its recent "Distinctive Areas Landscape" (DAL) draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP), the Victorian Government claims it is committed to protecting the significant economic, environmental, cultural and community values found along the Bass Coast... but Cape Paterson has been forgotten!

This means the area north of Seaward Drive is open to MASSIVE overdevelopment. Currently there is a proposal for the addition of over 900 new houses, more than doubling the current size of Cape Paterson. It’s just too much.

Why are we worried?

  • The current town boundaries will allow the developers of C136 to double the size of Cape Paterson
  • The draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) glosses over the shortfalls in existing infrastructure - how will it service our town when it currently doesn’t support 1000 houses let alone 2000
  • The draft SPP ignores a planning panel report that clearly stated that developing to the west and to the North would result in an oversupply of land. There are still 160 houses yet to be built and occupied at “The Cape”
  • Planning guidelines support large-scale development in designated “high-growth” areas such as Wonthaggi, not in coastal villages.

What can I do?

Put in a submission (electronically, via the Engage Victoria Website - see the red buttons below) telling the State Government that while the DAL is important to our future, it is outrageous that the area north of Seaward Drive is not considered worthy of protecting, and that the negative effects of future development (as detailed in DAL supporting documentation) require a reduction in the Northern town boundary.

We encourage you to make a submission to either "Settlements" or "Extended Submission" or, preferably, both.

Note that you are making your submission as an individual. You do not have to be a resident of Cape Paterson.

Click Here to Make a Submission: Settlements
Advice on making this submission

We agree with each Strategy (8.1, 8.2 etc) but each time, use the comments box to query why Cape Paterson's , particularly the 8.1, 8.3 and 8.7. 

Please use your own words (it makes a difference!) Your comments might be along the lines of:

8.1  I agree, but Cape Paterson is a village with no school, post  office etc. The settlement boundary would double its size and it would no longer be a village or have a village character.

8.3  There is no consideration in the studies to date which examines the impact of developing to the north of the existing Cape Paterson townsite which considers the impact of that development on the Yallock-Bulluk Marine and Coastal Park. Also the town identifies as a coastal seaside village. In the study provided by Scott for DAL and be potentially negatively impacted and small scale nature of the coastal village would be lost.

8.7 The C136 proposal to the north of the established townsite had minimum acceptable standards for housing far beneath that in the The Cape development. This is a step backward for the community.

Click Here to Make a Submission: Extended Submission
Advice on making this submission

If you have the time, in your own words, broadly use the following dot points.

  • SPP inconsistent in definition of village with regard to Cape Paterson- it would become a town in numbers but not in infrastructure.
  • Town = police station, post office, school / pre school
  • Environmental burden of doubling town size (feral animals, invasive weeds, stormwater nutrients discharging to a Marine Park)
  • Impact on native wildlife corridors.
  • Wonthaggi is rightfully a designated growth area, not Cape Paterson
  • Unsustainable development (66% will be holiday houses). This will not address housing shortages for future Bass Coast residents.
  • Cape Paterson’s inadequate existing infrastructure (phone / internet loss at peak times, power outages, flooding events, existing dirt roads)
  • Only a short term economic development in the construction phase
  • Loss of village character
  • Loss of clear delineation of rural / urban land
  • Inadequate parking at peak holiday times threatens quiet pedestrian-friendly streets through increased vehicle traffic cutting through to waterfront.
  • increased vehicle use due to distance to the foreshore and village centre.

Please make your submissions by Friday, April 29.

Follow this link for highlighted extracts from the Landscape Consultants report, ignored in the draft SPP, which could be referred to in your submission.


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