The City of Casey is seeking feedback on the Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan.
- Have we got the balance right?
- What should be protected?
- What should be Council’s priorities?
View the Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan
Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan (24mb)
Summary Report: Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan (3mb)
The Draft Plan is also available for viewing at Council’s Narre Warren and Cranbourne Customer Service Centres or you can request a hard copy by contacting Customer Service.
How can I provide feedback?
You can submit feedback:
Submissions must be received by Council no later than 5.00 pm on Monday 13 November 2017.
For queries about the draft plan, contact City Planning on 9705 5200.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Green Wedge?
The Western Port Green Wedge is one of Melbourne’s 12 Green Wedges. The Green Wedges are generally located on the outskirts of Melbourne outside the urban growth boundary and separate Melbourne’s growth areas. Green Wedges, unlike parks and open spaces, are active, living areas that include agriculture, areas of environmental significance and lifestyle living.
What is the Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan?
The Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan (The Plan) is a strategic framework which will guide the planning of the southern primarily rural areas of the City of Casey over the next 20 years.
This Plan is a revision of the Management Plan which was exhibited in 2015. That Plan had been prepared in partnership with the Cardinia Shire Council, which shares the Western Port Green Wedge with the City of Casey. However, due to differences between the Councils in relation to the planning of the Green Wedge (notably the support from the City of Casey and its community for subdivision) the Cardinia Shire Council resolved to withdraw from the partnership.
The Plan is now primarily focused on the City of Casey. It separates the Green Wedge into five precincts, provides a basis for where limited additional subdivision could occur (subject to support from the State Government and ratification from the Parliament of Victoria), identifies preferred land uses, what type of development should occur and which areas should be protected for future generations.
Why do we need the Plan?
Green Wedges are subject to intensive pressures for urban development and change, as they are located on the edge of a city of around four million people. There are often competing pressures for urban development, hobby farms and subdivision, tourism, greyhound and horse racing industry uses, intensive agriculture and infrastructure.
A Green Wedge Management Plan identifies these pressures and with local community input, develops proposals to deal with them.
Where does the The Plan propose further rural subdivision?
The Plan proposes to amend the Casey Planning Scheme to provide for increased levels of subdivision to occur within Precincts 2 and 3. This is because of the proximity of Precinct 2 to the Urban Growth Boundary and in recognition of Precinct 3’s prevailing subdivision pattern. Green Wedges are areas for agriculture, environmental significance and lifestyle living. They are not areas for urban development.
The Plan also identifies the need to prepare township plans for Pearcedale Township and Tooradin Village. Submissions regarding appropriate township boundaries will be considered as part of these township plans.
It should be noted that any proposal to amend the Casey Planning Scheme to allow for increased subdivision of Green Wedge zoned land must be supported by the State Government and then ratified by both Houses of Parliament in Victoria. State Government policy through the Metropolitan Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 is to protect Green Wedges and their valued features, assets and industries.
Council therefore must provide the State Government and Parliament with strong justification for additional subdivision in the Green Wedge. Key issues include how additional subdivision may impact on flood prone areas and the Ramsar Wetlands, bushfire risk, and the loss of agricultural land.
These matters must be resolved before any changes to subdivision size will be considered by the State Government.
What are the next steps for The Plan?
After the public exhibition period closes officers will review any submissions received and will report them to Council. The report will also recommend that Council adopt The Plan, possibly subject to further revision, and to commence implementation of its actions. It is anticipated that this report will be considered by Council in the first third of 2018.