Coastal Spaces Initiative 2004-2006
In 2004 the Victorian Coastal Council and Department of Sustainability & Environment embarked on a project which aimed to help coastal councils protect the character of coastal townships and the open spaces between towns along the coast.
A number of key documents were produced from this initiative.
Coastal Spaces Inception Report 2005
The Coastal Spaces Inception Report describes a range of issues relevant to the sustainable management of development and change on Victoria’s coast. The report was prepared in the context of a national focus on population change affecting the coast and other key issues, including climate change.
Coastal Spaces Recommendations Report 2006
The Recommendations Report was released in 2006. It outlines a series of recommendations and associated actions designed to achieve improved outcomes for coastal Victoria.
Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study
The Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study, undertaken as part of the Coastal Spaces Initiative, is a comprehensive baseline assessment of visually significant landscapes along the Victorian coast. The Study assesses the visual and scenic amenity of Victoria’s non-urban coastline. The work identifies appropriate measures in planning schemes to manage future growth and change along the coast.
The Study covers the Victorian coastline outside of the metropolitan Melbourne region.
The study complements the work completed in 2003 for the Great Ocean Road Region (Warrnambool to Torquay) as part of the Great Ocean Road Region Strategy 2004.
Coastal Spaces Landscape State Overview Report 2006
Released in 2006, the Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study: State Overview Report provides an overview of the state's significant coastal landscapes and outlines a number of recommendations on how management and protection of these important landscapes can be better achieved through planning schemes.
In May 2005, the Minister for Planning wrote to coastal local governments regarding planning and development issues along the coast. A copy of the letter from the Minister for Planning is available below.
The Coastal Spaces Inception Report undertook to promote the establishment of planning orientated guidelines around how strategic plans for settlements identify settlement boundaries and how these can be more effectively addressed in Planning Schemes. To inform this process, the attached Discussion Paper has been developed.
Lifestyle/Residential Developments Targeted Workshop
On 26 July 2005 at Sails on the Bay, a workshop was held to clarify policy and practice regarding residential subdivision outside settlements and its relationship with sustainable tourism investment and robust regional economies and communities.
The summary of the outcomes of that workshop are available below.
Recreational Node Study
A study to clearly identify the location of recreational nodes across the state and provide a framework for appropriate development in recreational nodes is underway. In May 2005, the Victorian Coastal Council wrote to all coastal local governments providing clarification on the definition of a recreation node under the Victorian Coastal Strategy.