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Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) Review

Hobsons Bay is currently reviewing our Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS).

The MSS forms part of the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) which sits near the front of a planning scheme as shown in the diagram below. A planning scheme is a planning document which sets out objectives, policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land in the area to which it applies. A planning scheme regulates the use and development of land through planning
provisions to achieve those objectives and policies..

The Structure of a Planning Scheme


What is a MSS?

A MSS is a statement of the key strategic planning, land use and development objectives for a municipality and the strategies and actions for achieving those objectives.

A MSS must be consistent with state planning policy, as outlined in the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) and the Council Plan.

The SPPF and MSS provide the strategic basis for the application of the zones, overlays and particular provisions in the planning scheme and planning decision making by Hobsons Bay. The MSS:

  • identifies the important land use issues in the municipality
  • articulates objectives for each of these issues
  • proposes strategies to achieve the objectives
  • identifies which zone or an overlay will be used to implement them
The MSS also provides an opportunity for an integrated approach to planning across all areas of Council's operations. Together with the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 (CHWP) and the Council Plan 2013-2017, the MSS is one of the Council's three key Strategic Planning Framework documents. It provides for the spatial delivery of the Council's goals.
The Hobsons Bay MSS can be viewed here.

Why is the MSS being reviewed?

The MSS should be continually updated and refined as the Council develops and revises its strategic directions in response to the changing needs of the community. Many strategic directions need to be updated in the light of current adopted Council policy; current state policy such as Plan Melbourne; and social and environmental issues that have not traditionally been considered as planning matters.

The review is needed to ensure that the MSS reflects current adopted Council policy and reflects the community's values and aspirations for land use and development in the municipality. It will also play an important role in supporting the delivery of the new residential zones.

What is being done?

The review is being undertaken in two stages. The first stage was a policy neutral review and was completed in October 2012. It did not include the addition new policy content.

Stage two proposes to update and rewrite the current MSS. It will incorporate new initiatives and directions of adopted Council policy. A review of adopted Council policy is currently underway to identify those recommendations that can be delivered as land use outcomes. They will be incorporated in the MSS. Only adopted Council policy can be included in the MSS.

Recently adopted state policy initiatives are also being reviewed to ensure that the MSS remains consistent with and implements current state planning policies. One of the most significant state policy reforms is the introduction of these new residential zones.

Additionally, the review is building on the Community Consultation Results Overview undertaken for the Council's Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-17 to deliver the type of place the community thinks Hobsons Bay should look like in the future.

How can you get involved?

If you have provided feedback on any draft Council strategies and reports that were seeking community input, you have already made an important contribution to the MSS. The MSS translates Council's policy into land use and development outcomes. Robust policy results in clear direction for the delivery of land use and planning outcomes. You can further assist us by completing the quick poll below.

If you wish to contact the Strategic Planning team directly, please either email or call (03) 9932 1089.

Surveys & Forms

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MSS Quick Poll

Do you want to influence the development of Hobsons Bay? A few minutes of your time can help shape land use and development in Hobsons Bay.

Please tell us which key issues and influences you think the planning scheme must address from a local and regional perspective. You may tick more than one.

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