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Amendment C187bays: Environmentally Sustainable Development Policy


What is Amendment C187?

Planning Scheme Amendment C187bays proposes to introduce a new local planning policy into the Bayside Planning Scheme to provide guidance for achieving Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) in Bayside. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that new development that requires a planning permit achieves best practice in environmental sustainability, from the design stage through to construction and operation.

The policy contains an objective and strategies for achieving best practice in energy performance, integrated water management, indoor environmental quality, transport, waste management and urban ecology.

The policy identifies which types of residential and non-residential development (that need a planning permit) must comply with the policy and the type of information that must be submitted to support permit applications.

Land affected by the amendment

The amendment applies to all land in Bayside. However, the policy will only affect certain types of new development that need a planning permit, including:

  • residential development of two or more houses on a lot (excluding subdivision),
  • buildings used for accommodation of a certain size, and
  • commercial and industrial developments that are 100 square metres or more in floor area.

The policy will also apply to some development extensions of a certain size.

Why is the amendment required?

Bayside City Council is committed to delivering our Climate Emergency response through creating an environmentally sustainable Bayside.

Critical to achieving this commitment is for new development that requires a planning permit to incorporate design standards that improve environmental outcomes and ensure that new buildings create healthy spaces for occupants and users and help protect the community from climate change impacts.

Including a local ESD policy in the Bayside Planning Scheme is a key action in Bayside’s:

Where can I view the amendment documentation?

You can inspect all documents relating to the amendment free of charge via the amendments webpage of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

Viewing of submissions

Exhibition of the amendment ran from 7 July 2022 until 4 August 2022. 

Council received two submissions: one in support and one against.  The submissions are available at Bayside City Council’s Corporate Centre for any person to inspect, free of charge, for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

Did Council refer submission to a planning panel?

Council decided at its 20 September 2022 meeting to refer the submission to an independent planning panel for review and recommendations.  The panel was appointed by the Minister for Planning

A Directions Hearing was held on 11 November 2022, where it was agreed that the matter would be considered ‘on the papers’. 

All panel related documents including Council’s submission to the panel and the panel’s report can be viewed below:

Next Steps

Council must consider the findings and recommendations outlined in the Panel Report before deciding whether to:

  • adopt the amendment (with or without changes recommended by the panel)
  • abandon all or part(s) of the amendment

Council will consider the Panel Report and make its decision in March 2023.

If Council adopts the amendment (with or without changes), we will submit the amendment to the Minister for Planning for approval. The Minister’s decision on the amendment can’t be appealed. If the Minister approves the amendment, a notice will appear in the Victorian Government Gazette and the amendment will come into effect.

If Council abandons the amendment, we will notify the Minister, all affected landowners and submitters of Council’s decision and the planning scheme will not be changed.

To find out more about the Planning Scheme Amendment process, click here.

Further information

For further information contact us using the details below:

Name: Clare Beames, Senior Strategic Planner, Bayside City Council (workdays Mondays to Thursdays) 

Phone: (03) 9599 4839


Mail: Amendment C187, Bayside City Council, PO Box 27, Sandringham, VIC, 3191

Bayside City Council is a member of the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) which supports councils across Victoria to deliver and implement local ESD planning policies. Visit CASBE’s website for more information and resources about implementing ESD.