The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) together with the Surf Coast Shire Council, the City of Greater Geelong (COGG) and the Wadawurrung, are collaborating to prepare a Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) following the declaration of the Surf Coast as a Distinctive Area and Landscape (DAL). The SPP is being developed to better protect the unique features of the Surf Coast area’s valued landscapes, environment, and lifestyle.
Capire designed and delivered phases 1 and 2 of engagement between May and November 2019. Phase 1 engagement sought feedback from the community on what was most valued about the Surf Coast, and their vision for the future of the area. Phase 2 engagement sought feedback from the community on a series of draft vision statements and potential approaches to achieve the vision statements.
Phase 1 engagement reached 1800 people either online or through participation in face-to-face engagement activities. During Phase 2 approximately 693 people were engaged through online or face-to-face engagement activities. This included public engagement as well as engagement with Responsible Public Entities (RPEs) and State Government stakeholders.
The participants were asked to consider vision statements and approaches under the following seven policy domains: landscape, environment and biodiversity, risk and resilience, Aboriginal cultural heritage, post-contact heritage, economy and infrastructure, and settlement.