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The introduction of the Green Wedge Zone in 2002 officially reinforced the long term conservation of Victoria’s rural areas that was originally recognised in the 1970’s. The early focus was on directing residential growth towards transport corridors and this approach has been continually adopted within more recent planning strategies.

The Mornington Peninsula proximity to Melbourne makes the region ideal tourism opportunities and agricultural enterprise. This combined with the ongoing pressures to accommodate growth places pressure on the Green Wedge Zone.

Whilst the Green Wedge Zone itself hasn’t undergone significant modifications since its introduction, Council’s application of the Zone has slightly changed in recent times.  There is greater expectations placed on landowners to justify why a new dwelling is required with increased focus on the primary use of the land for agricultural, tourism or environmental opportunities. A dwelling in a Green Wedge Zone is not a right, it must be adequately justified given the objectives of the Zone and the proposed long term use of the land.

To provide clarity on their expectations, Council have developed a policy document, titled Interim Policy – Rural dwellings including bed and breakfast accommodation (June 2011). All new dwelling applications must be accompanied by a Farm Management, Land Management Plan or

Environmental Management Plan that details how the long term use of the land will operate and why the proposed use of the land warrants a dwelling. Whilst this policy is afforded limited weight by VCAT, it is used to Council Officers, industry professionals and land owners to provide clarity on the extent of information required for the lodgement of an application and to identity the key issues that Council consider in the assessment of any such application.

Having lodged in excess of 25 planning applications for the use and development of new dwelling within the Green Wedge Zone, I have yet to have an application refused. The lodgement of comprehensive, well- structured applications provides Council with the justification they require to support these applications.

Should you have any queries regarding how you would like to use or develop your land, please contact me on 0409 100 433.

Jackie Prossor

Town Planning Consultant

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  • It has been 10 days since I moved and am settling in well. I wanted to convey my thanks to you and your consideration towards me, particularly as far as how I should go about arranging the sale and in the dealings with my neighbour. Your advice was very helpful. All the dealings, both with the old and new properties, have gone smoothly and I am well satisfied.

    - Margaret Kurrle

  • Thank you for your assistance on the Tyabb farm property purchase. I was greatly impressed with your professionalism, efficiency and genuine assistance. My future intentions are to use your services again as I have further purchase plans in your area. I have been recommending your name to all my friends that need real estate assistance.

    - Hayley Coates

  • Thank you for the professional way you handled the recent sale of our home. We were delighted in the number of sincere buyers you introduced and the way you conducted the inspections and negotiations. Both the final result and the timely sale were very rewarding and our new home project has now become a reality.

    - Anne & Alf Treadwell

  • Ange and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being so professional throughout this whole transaction. From the very start when we first contacted you asking to view the property at such short notice, through to negotiations and second and third viewing, you have been an absolute pleasure to deal with. Thanks again for doing such an amazing job. I know who I will turn to next time I need to buy or sell a property in the area.

    - Chris Apostolou

  • Now that I have moved into my new home I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciated all your efforts in marketing and selling my farm ‘Dundrum’. There is no doubt that you always went the extra mile for me when working with potential purchasers and I am very grateful for your perseverance in obtaining my price. I know the new owners are very happy at the property and it suits…

    - John Denehey

  • I would just like to say ‘thank you’ for the manner in which you sold mum’s property at Shoreham. The way you kept me informed was exemplary and as we discussed the other day the end result was quite acceptable. Dealing with our family is no easy task!! Thanks for all your hard work and both Nairne and I look forward to settlement. It is the end of an era, but time to move on.

    - Margaret

  • We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Paton’s on the sale of our property ‘Stony Creek Farm’ 68 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South. Ian Johnson who was in charge did an exceptional job marketing and presenting the property. His professionalism and honesty is to be admired and we are very grateful to him for the quick sale of our property. We would also like to thank Michael Parker for his advice and input.

    - Jill & Glenn Reimers