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1 21.06 ENVIRONMENTAL AND LANDSCAPE VALUES 04/02/2016 VC KEY ISSUES 09/08/2012 C65 Balancing demand (sometimes competing) for a variety of uses along the coast as diverse as restaurants, boating facilities and nature conservation, and the need to identify appropriate areas for those uses. Providing improved physical, visual and activity links between the CAD and Bay, and utilising the CAD s bayside location to best advantage. Understanding the impact of coastal processes and climate change and the need to consider these in land use decisions. Advancing the aims of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Biosphere Reserve (which includes Frankston City) to keep special places special by fostering conservation and sustainable development. Maintaining the biological diversity that is still found, including protecting vegetation that adds significant ecological benefit to the City. Maintaining the significant presence of high canopy trees in urban areas and their contribution to landscape quality and neighbourhood character. Protecting waterways, significant wetlands and habitats and ecosystems from inappropriate development or environmental degradation. Identifying and protecting areas of landscape significance. Determining what level of development is consistent with maintaining relevant environmental values Objectives, strategies and implementation 04/02/2016 VC127 Objective 1 Enhance the City s identity by protecting the significant environmental features of the coast and by identifying areas and opportunities for appropriate coastal related development. Strategies Identify activity nodes suitable for coast related recreational development along the foreshore having regard to existing patterns of use and land capability. Identify sites of biological and cultural significance and environmental sensitivity, including the marine environment, which should be protected. Enhance the CAD by taking advantage of its bayside location, improving physical and visual links and encouraging complementary development of the CAD and adjoining foreshore areas. Provide links between the foreshore and other parcels of regional open space in the region. Objective 2 Maintain and enhance the current level of biological diversity in the City and encourage the retention of and revegetation with indigenous species, particularly along watercourses, the coastline and identified habitat corridors. MUNICIPAL STRATEGIC STATEMENT - CLAUSE PAGE 1 OF 5

2 Strategies Identify and protect sites of significance for flora and fauna. Identify and maintain the habitat and flood retarding values of waterways and wetlands. Manage sites of botanical or zoological significance effectively to maintain indigenous species, ecological processes and genetic diversity. Ensure that the use, development and management of land within and adjacent to sites of botanical or zoological significance is compatible with their long term protection and enhancement. Ensure that new development anywhere in the City does not diminish the integrity of Frankston s biodiversity (natural resources and the maintenance of ecological processes and genetic diversity). If there is doubt about the impact of a proposal, the precautionary approach should be adopted. Protect and enhance the natural heritage values of Frankston through the control of land degradation processes that affect the long term integrity of significant species, significant sites, ecological processes and genetic diversity. Ensure that approvals for land use and development within or adjacent to sites of botanical or zoological significance require protection of indigenous flora and fauna and control of environmental and noxious weeds and pest animals. Encourage private and public landowners to control environmental and noxious weeds and pest animals. Strongly discourage the planting of identified environmental weeds. Maintain and if necessary rehabilitate Frankston s natural heritage through revegetation of cleared, degraded areas with indigenous species, concentrating efforts along identified habitat corridors, watercourses, the coastline and within sites of significance. Require the revegetation of land to re-create faunal habitat corridors where appropriate. Objective 3 Maintain areas of landscape or visual quality and significant trees or areas of vegetation. Strategy Protect high canopy trees. Retain and enhance vegetation, other than environmental weeds, which contributes to the visual quality of significant landscapes wherever possible. Protect areas of landscape significance to the north of Carrum Downs, east and south of Langwarrin, at Frankston South and along the Baxter Mt Eliza escarpment. Retain and enhance public open spaces. Implementation The strategies in relation to environmental values will be implemented through the planning scheme by: Policy Guidelines Consider the implications of coastal processes and potential climate change impacts for development proposals. MUNICIPAL STRATEGIC STATEMENT - CLAUSE PAGE 2 OF 5

3 Encourage development in the CAD that enhances, complements and establishes linkages to the foreshore. Establish the links identified on the Environmental Values Framework Plan between the foreshore, Seaford Wetlands, Frankston Reservoir and other areas of regional open space. Apply local policy to enhance sections of the foreshore and to improve physical and visual links between the foreshore and CAD. (Frankston Central Activities District (CAD) policy, Clause 22.02) Application of zones and overlays Apply the Public Park and Recreation Zone to parts of the Olivers Hill to Mile Bridge strip, Keast Park and land adjoining Seaford Pier that are used for intensive recreation. Apply the Public Conservation and Resource Zone to protect those sections of the coast with high nature conservation values, including the Seaford foreshore and the area south of Olivers Hill. Use the Environmental Significance Overlay along the Seaford foreshore, south of Olivers Hill and to two sections of the Frankston foreshore to protect significant stands of natural vegetation. Apply the Rural Conservation Zone to land surrounding Langwarrin that is characterised by varied topography and a mosaic of agricultural and vegetated landscapes to protect the character and biological values of those areas. Use the Significant Landscape Overlay at Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Frankston South to protect remnant vegetation that makes a substantial contribution to landscape character and quality. Use the Design and Development Overlay in the Sweetwater Creek area to protect its environmental qualities. Further strategic work Introduce appropriate planning controls such as a Design and Development Overlay to control subdivision and built form at Burnett Crescent, Frankston South to protect the character of that precinct Investigate the development of a Coastal Overlay with the Departments of Sustainability and Environment, and Planning and Community Development, and other coastal Councils. Continue to explore ways in which recycled water can be used for business investment and household benefit. Implement the findings of the Frankston Vegetation Study 2006 and the Significant Tree Register through an amendment to the planning scheme. Conduct periodic, systematic and on-going monitoring of the status of indigenous vegetation, weed invasions, pest animals, revegetation and management strategies. Review the significance of coastal areas including vegetation, dunes, views and vistas, biodiversity, habitat and geomorphology in the light of the latest Victorian Coastal Strategy Complete and implement the Banksia Study MUNICIPAL STRATEGIC STATEMENT - CLAUSE PAGE 3 OF 5

4 Other actions Purchase the few remaining strips of land along Kananook Creek that are in private ownership. MUNICIPAL STRATEGIC STATEMENT - CLAUSE PAGE 4 OF 5

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