By Kirra Grimes

THE hundreds of people who submitted feedback on a proposed 480-lot housing development at Cape Paterson will have to wait until next year to hear what impact they had.
According to an update posted on Bass Coast Shire Council’s website, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) recently approved a request from proponent Beveridge Williams to defer consideration of 417 public submissions to the proposed planning scheme amendment (c136), needed to make way for the development, until 2021.
The reason for the deferral is to allow for the public release of the Draft Statement of Planning Policy, which is being prepared as part of the State Government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscape Project (DAL).
“The deferral will ensure that the findings of the DAL project are considered in conjunction with planning scheme amendment C136,” Council’s explanation reads.
The amendment’s exhibition period was from January 6, 2020 until February 27, 2020, with 362 objections, 40 letters of support and 14 comments submitted in that time.
The next step was for Council to review the submissions and make a decision on whether or not to advance, alter, or abandon the proposal, which seeks to rezone 53 hectares of farmland north of Seaward Drive for subdivision into 480 lots in the short term, but also includes measures to “facilitate appropriate future development” on an additional 43 hectares, potentially making way for up to 1000 new houses.
As of mid-March 2020, a date was still yet to be determined for when the matter would be tabled at an Ordinary Council Meeting, “given the large volume of submissions,” Council said at the time.
A Council spokesperson last week confirmed  that the matter will come before a council meeting some time early next year.

A spokesperson for DELWP said the draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy is expected to be released for public consultation in August 2020, “however it is subject to change based on government advice and restrictions on public engagement activities”.