Amendment C394 to go on public exhibition

Friday, 5 July 2019

Public exhibition commences on Friday 5 July 2019 as Council has voted to support the preparation and exhibition of Amendment C394 - Proposed Coastal Inundation Overlay.

The amendment applies a Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO2) to 1614 properties on the Bellarine and Corio Bay that will be subject to future flooding and sea level rise.

The overlay will require a planning permit for new buildings and works on certain properties, with permit conditions usually requiring floor levels to be above the predicted flood levels.

The areas that would be covered by the amendment are Avalon, Geelong, Moolap, Newcomb, Leopold, Portarlington, Indented Head, St Leonards, Swan Bay, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Breamlea.

The overlay maps are based on the Bellarine Peninsula – Corio Bay Local Coastal Hazard Assessment – Inundation Report 2015 which was prepared as part of the Our Coast project.  Our Coast mapped areas around the Bellarine Peninsula and Corio Bay (from Breamlea to Point Wilson) that will be impacted by sea level rise.

The agencies involved in the Our Coast project are: City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Barwon Coast Committee of Management and Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management.

Submissions close on Monday 12 August 2019, and further pubic information is published on the public exhibition page

Mayor Bruce Harwood

Council has a duty of care to act on the scientific modelling that forms the basis of this amendment, with a focus on lowering the risk of potential injury to residents, and damage to property and agriculture.

We need to hear the community’s thoughts on the amendment and I encourage residents who may be affected to have their say.

Councillor Jim Mason - Chair, Sustainable Development Portfolio

The overlay will not necessarily stop development or changes to affected properties. It will trigger a planning permit and  ensure that any future development or redevelopment recognises the location may be subject to future coastal flooding and sea level rise impacts.

This overlay implements the state government policy of planning for a 0.8 metres sea level rise by 2100.

Council welcomes feedback from the community.

Page last updated: Thursday, 11 July 2019