Seaford Wetlands Residential Environs Study

What is the study about?

The updated Frankston Housing Strategy 2018 which was adopted by Council on 4 June 2018, states that a key action is to:

‘Undertake an investigation in consultation with Melbourne Water through a specific study into the significance and management of the Seaford Wetlands and its residential environs, with a view to implement a specific Design and Development Overlay (DDO) for this location’.

Frankston City Council sought the preparation of a planning investigation into the Seaford Wetlands Residential Environs to 'identify an appropriate planning control, such as a DDO, to regulate lot size, setbacks and building height to protect the amenity and environmental qualities of the Seaford Wetlands.

The study comprised an investigation into the urban water management of the Seaford Wetlands Residential Environs, with a view to potentially implementing a specific DDO for this location. Interim planning scheme controls were also to be investigated to apply a 40% permeability standard for new development in the Study Area.

The project also includes a review of stormwater impacts on the Seaford Wetlands reserve from the surrounding residential area. The report acknowledges that recent changes made by Amendment VC154 have modified the Planning Policy Framework to include integrated water management objectives and have introduced a new particular provision for stormwater management in urban development. 

PLC Consulting, were appointed by Council to investigate the need for additional built form planning controls in the study area.

The final report from PLC Consulting was presented in February 2019, please view this report below:

At its 12 August 2019 Ordinary Meeting, Council adopted the Seaford Wetlands Residential Environs Study.

The report recommends that due to recent improvements in state wide stormwater management planning controls, there is no need to change the local planning controls and no need to introduce additional controls for the land surrounding the Seaford Wetlands.

The recommendations by PLC Consulting are considered to be appropriate by Council officers. Recently, state planning controls have been strengthened in regards to site coverage and stormwater management which will help to mitigate the impact that development in the surrounding area has on the Wetlands and will ensure that future development respects the special qualities associated with the Wetlands environs.

Further Information

Please call Frankston City Council Planning and Environment Department on 9784 1733.


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