THE results are in for one of the largest reviews of heritage places in the Western Port and the hinterland region in nearly 25 years, with comment open until 28 July.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council recently commissioned a heritage review of Watson, Cerberus and Red Hill wards to identify places of heritage significance that should be protected under the heritage overlay of the peninsula’s planning scheme.
The overlay is designed to ensure heritage places are conserved and enhanced and that new development does not adversely impact their significance.
The review was undertaken by experts and identifies places recommended for heritage protection and specifies what, how and why a place is significant and the planning controls that should be applied to protect it.
Alongside the review of Western Port and hinterland regions, the council also commissioned a series of additional site-specific heritage assessments for other properties across the shire.
The council will be contacting all affected property owners directly to inform them of the consultants’ recommendations.
Between 10 and 13 July property owners can meet with heritage consultants and shire officers to find out about the heritage study and its recommendations and what it might mean to them.
To view the reports and book an appointment visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/heritagereview
Council will then decide whether to start the process of amending the planning scheme to apply the heritage overlay to places of heritage significance as recommended by the review.
The mayor Cr Steve Holland said if a person’s property had been recommended to be included in a heritage overlay, they could find out more by attending the face-to-face consultation sessions.
“We’re here to work with our community to achieve the best outcome for everyone,” he said.