Background

Overview

Planning Permit Application PP2016/126 was considered by Council in December 2016 with a decision made to issue a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit with conditions. An application for review was made with VCAT by objectors and the application was listed for a hearing. 

Following a Compulsory Conference, held on 15 May 2017 and 23 June 2017, a series of permit conditions were agreed to by all parties and on 30 June 2017 VCAT ultimately issued a consent order instructing Council to grant a planning permit, subject to conditions. 

Planning Permit PP2016/126 was issued by Council on 3 July 2017 for the Use and Development of Land for an Integrated Eco-Tourism Facility, Removal of Native Vegetation, Alteration to Road Zone Category 1 and Liquor Licence. A copy of the Planning Permit is available here(PDF, 20MB) in accordance with the public availability requirements of Section 70 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The permit

The permit contains 70 conditions which relate to the use and development and covers both the construction, and operation of, the facility. Conditions cover various aspects requiring amended plans, construction and environmental management plans and technical assessments to be submitted for approval. 

The permit allows the project and relevant plans to be delivered in stages and this is the approach the permit holder has chosen to take.  

Stage 1 works will proceed first. These works relate to the provision of enabling infrastructure, upgrades to site access and roads, provision of a new bridge across the Gellibrand River and on-site landscaping works. 

To commence Stage 1 works, the permit holder submitted a package of plans and reports for review in accordance with the permit. An initial package of plans was reviewed and approved in October 2018. Further revisions were made to the package of plans which were reviewed and approved by Council in June 2019, following consultation and referral to the relevant government departments and agencies. Both Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) reviewed these plans and consented to their approval having regard to environmental and waterway/flooding risks and management. 

The permit holder has had four years to start works on the site before the permit expires on 4 July 2021.  

Current status (as of 20 May 2022)

A community liaison group is being established with the Princetown community to ensure all parties and stakeholders remain informed of what is happening in relation to the project as well as other plans and activities impacting on Princetown into the future.

A preliminary meeting was held on Tuesday 17 May 2022 with further meetings to be scheduled to fit with community availability. Any members of the community wishing to be involved are encouraged to contact Council at    shire@corangamite.vic.gov.au 

At the liaison meeting, a request was made for access to any draft or revised documents relating to the proposed development.

The developer has submitted a revised Traffic Management Plan, Construction Management Plan and Site Layouts for the intersection of the Great Ocean Road and Old Coach Road, Princetown. Condition 6 of the Permit requires the Construction Management Plan to be prepared in consultation with DELWP and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority before Council officers can complete a review. These documents are currently before those respective authorities/department.

Once reviewed and any further changes made, the final endorsed plans will be able to be found with the permit and associated documents here Background - Corangamite Shire

Please note, there are no third-party notification or review rights for changes to the Traffic Management Plan, Construction Management Plan or Site Layouts.

VCAT

Princetown Wetlands and Estuary Preservation Incorporated has made an application to VCAT for a determination with regard to Condition 3 (e) of the permit and the expiry of the permit.  The matter is currently before VCAT and Council is joined as the relevant authority.