Panel to consider proposed coastal overlay

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

An independent panel will consider public submissions on a proposed planning overlay aimed at reducing risks to public safety and damage to properties that may be affected by future sea level rise.

Amendment C394 – Proposed Coastal Inundation Overlay was exhibited by the City of Greater Geelong between 11 July and 12 August this year.

It would cover 1726 properties on the Bellarine Peninsula and around Corio Bay that have been identified as at risk of flooding in the event of a 0.8-metre climate change-induced sea level rise plus a major storm surge.

The proposed overlay is in line with the state government’s policy of planning for a 0.8m sea level rise by 2100.

There were 43 submissions during the exhibition period, of which 39 were objections.

Key issues raised included potential impact on property values, insurance costs, floor levels and building heights, and timeline of sea level rise projections. There were also requests to remove specific properties from the proposed overlay.

City of Greater Geelong staff have considered and responded to each of the submissions, recommending two minor changes requested by the Department of Land Water and Planning.

Council has voted to refer all submissions to an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning. All submitters will be invited to appear before the panel in person to present their submission.

The panel will then provide a recommendation to council before it makes a final decision.


Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

Asking an independent panel to hear submissions on this proposed overlay will give us an additional expert view of the matter and allow us to make the most informed decision for our community.

Councillor Trent Sullivan, Deputy Chair, Rural and Coastal portfolio

The state government requires all councils to plan for sea rises, so we are acting in line with our requirements.

We acknowledge the submissions made and we’ll await the independent panel’s recommendations with interest.

Page last updated: Thursday, 28 November 2019