Public exhibition commences on Friday 5 July 2019 as Council has voted to support the preparation and
exhibition of Amendment C394 - Proposed Coastal Inundation Overlay.
The amendment applies a Land
Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO2) to 1614 properties on the Bellarine and
Corio Bay that will be subject to future flooding and sea level rise.
The overlay will require a
planning permit for new buildings and works on certain properties, with permit
conditions usually requiring floor levels to be above the predicted flood
The areas that would be covered
by the amendment are Avalon, Geelong, Moolap, Newcomb, Leopold, Portarlington, Indented
Head, St Leonards, Swan Bay, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove
The overlay maps are based on the Bellarine Peninsula –
Corio Bay Local Coastal Hazard Assessment – Inundation Report 2015 which
was prepared as part of the Our Coast project. Our Coast mapped areas around the Bellarine Peninsula and Corio Bay
(from Breamlea to Point Wilson) that will be impacted by sea level rise.
The agencies involved in the Our Coast project are: City of
Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Department of Land, Water,
Environment and Planning, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Barwon
Coast Committee of Management and Bellarine Bayside Committee of Management.
Submissions close on Monday
12 August 2019, and further pubic information is published on the public exhibition page.
Mayor Bruce Harwood
has a duty of care to act on the scientific modelling that forms the basis of
this amendment, with a focus on lowering the risk of potential injury to
residents, and damage to property and agriculture.
need to hear the community’s thoughts on the amendment and I encourage residents
who may be affected to have their say.
Councillor Jim Mason - Chair, Sustainable
overlay will not necessarily stop development or changes to affected properties.
It will trigger a planning permit and ensure
that any future development or redevelopment recognises the location may be
subject to future coastal flooding and sea level rise impacts.
This overlay implements the
state government policy of planning for a 0.8 metres sea level rise by 2100.
Council welcomes feedback from