At its 14 October Ordinary Council Meeting, Councillors adopted the city’s Green Wedge Management Plan which provides short, medium and long term management strategies for land use activities and new development within the Frankston Green Wedge.
An officer report provided Councillors with four options, one of which would see a portion of the Green Wedge opened up to allow for an expansion of the Carrum Downs Industrial Precinct. However, a majority of Councillors rejected this option, deciding to preserve the city’s green wedge from future development.
While Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly said he did not support the decision, he respected the position taken by his fellow Councillors.
“Although I personally believe that a minor expansion of the Carrum Downs Industrial Precinct would have tremendously positive outcomes for industry and jobs in Frankston City, I understand the differing views of my fellow Councillors and respect their right to voice their opinion and vote on matters that affect our community and environment,” said the Mayor.
Frankston City's Green Wedge includes section of the greater South-East Green Wedge which covers parts of Carrum Downs, Frankston North, Skye and Langwarrin, and a smaller portion in the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge covering parts of Langwarrin South and Frankston South.
The Frankston Green Wedge is an important asset for the city in terms of sustainable land management, biodiversity protection, extractive industries and landscape amenity.
Council’s Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) identifies the Frankston Green Wedge as one of the key non-urban areas designated in the State Government’s Metropolitan Strategy (Plan Melbourne 2017-2050), containing a wide range of environmental, economic and social values.
Council’s Green Wedge Management Plan was compiled with the assistance of external consultants, Ethos Urban.
The next step is to insert the adopted Green Wedge Management Plan within the Frankston Planning Scheme, which will be facilitated by a future Planning Scheme Amendment in 2020.