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Strategic Coastal Planning Overview
Coastal Strategy, Coastal Action Plans and Coastal Management Plans

State Policy Planning Framework
Role of the State Policy Planning Framework

Statutory Planning
Municipal Planning Schemes (DPCD)


Strategic Coastal Planning Overview
The Victorian Coastal Strategy (VCS) developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act 1995, establishes the overall framework for planning and management of the Victorian coast. Consistent with the VCS, Coastal Action Plans and Coastal Management Plans are developed and integrated with planning schemes at the regional and local level to provide detail and give attention to regional and local isssues.

Information on these documents can be found below:
Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008

Coastal Management Act 1995

Coastal Action Plans
• • West Coast
• • Central Coast
• • Gippsland Coast

Coastal Management Plans
• • West Coast
• • Central Coast
• • Gippsland Coast

A useful illustration of the areas covered by these documents is given in the Strategic Coastal Planning Maps

Also see:
• • Policies, Strategies and Investigations
• • Coastal Planning in Victoria
(DPCD)

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State Planning Policy Framework
The State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) seeks to ensure that the objectives of planning in Victoria (as set out in Section 4 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987) are fostered through appropriate land use and development planning policies and practices which integrate relevant environmental, social and economic factors in the interests of net community benefit and sustainable development. See the Victorian Planning Provisions (DSE) for more information.

The key SPPF concerning Victoria's coastal areas is Clause 15.08 of AAVPP 15 Environment. To access this clause view AAVPP 15 Environment (PDF) then navigate to Clause 15.08 (Coastal Areas)

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The Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008 (VCS)
• provides strategic direction for planning and management of the whole coast;
• was developed by the Victorian Coastal Council and approved under the Coastal
Management Act 1995
; and
• integrates state, national and international principles and policies for the coast.

The Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008 is available on the Victorian Coastal Council web site.


Coastal Action Plans
Coastal Action Plans (CAPs), developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act
1995, provide a key mechanism for the implementation of the VCS. CAPs enable the broad
principles and priorities identified in the Strategy to be further developed and applied at a sub-regional or issue based level. They provide strategic direction for the future management of an
area of coast by identifying necessary priorities, actions and outcomes.

Draft CAPs are developed by Regional Coastal Boards in consultation with interested local, regional and state bodies. The draft CAP is then refered to the Victorian Coastal Council for approval. Subject to approval, Council then refers the plan to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change for its endorsement and formal notification through the Government Gazette.

Coastal Action Plans:
• enable the broader principles and priorities of the VCS to be further developed and applied
at a regional or local level, or for particular issues;
• are consistent with the VCS and play a key role in its implementation;
• take a long term strategic view, clarify directions for future use and identify key actions
required to achieve preferred outcomes;
• are developed by or under the guidance of Regional Coastal Boards;
• involve public consultation during preparation; and
• are referred to the Victorian Coastal Council for approval prior to referral by the Council to
the Minister for Environment and Climate Change for endorsement.

Guidelines for Preparation, Implementing and Reviewing Coastal Action Plans (VCC site)

Western Victorian Coastal Action Plans include:
Anglesea Coastal Action Plan

Central West Victoria Regional Coastal Action Plan (Review underway)

Central West Victoria Estuaries Coastal Action Plan (Review underway)

Glenelg Coastal Action Plan Implementation. Review underway

Lorne Coastal Action Plan

Moyne Coastal Action Plan (Implementation plan drafted. Review underway)

Skenes Creek to Marengo Coastal Action Plan (Implementation. Review underway)

South West Victoria Regional Coastal Action Plan (Review underway)

South West Estuaries Coastal Action Plan (Review underway)

Warrnambool Coastal Action Plan
(Implementation plan drafted)

Western Victoria Boating CAP

Central Victorian Coastal Action Plans include:
Boating Coastal Action Plan

Corio Bay Coastal Action Plan

Mt Eliza to Point Nepean Coastal Action Plan

Waterfront Geelong Coastal Action Plan

• Western Port CAP (Preparation on hold)

Gippsland Coastal Action Plans include:

Gippsland Boating Coastal Action Plan

Draft Gippsland Boating Coastal Action Plan 2012

Gippsland Estuaries Coastal Action Plan

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Action Plan (1999) Implementation. Review underway

Integrated Coastal Planning for Gippsland - Coastal Action Plan Implementation. Review underway

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Coastal Management Plans
• provide direction for day to day management of an area of coast by appointed managers;
• include a business plan which outlines management requirements, proposed works and
budget priorities;
• are developed by coastal managers in accordance with the Coastal Management Act 1995;
• must be consistent with the VCS, CAPs and relevant legislation; and
• are approved by the Minister for Environment

West Coast Coastal Management Plans
Central Coast Coastal Management Plans
East Coast Coastal Management Plans

Western Victorian Coastal Management Plans include:
• Aireys Inlet and Associated Public Land Management Plan

• Angahook – Lorne Investigation

Anglesea River & Estuary Management Plan (Developing)

• Anglesea Riverbank Master Plan (Developing)

• Apollo Bay Foreshore Master Plan

• Belfast Lough Environmental Management Plan (Developing)

• Bells Beach Management Plan

• Corangamite Regional River Health Strategy (Developing)

• Deep Creek Master Plan

• Discovery Bay Marine National Park Draft Management Plan (Developing)

• Fitzroy Estuary Management Plan (Developing)

• Fitzroy River Reserve Management Plan (Draft)

• Gellibrand River Estuary Wetland Management Plan

• Glenelg Hopkins River Health Strategy

Glenelg River Estuary Management Plan (Developing)

Management Plan for the Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park (Parks Victoria)

Hopkins River Estuary Management Plan (Developing)

Indigenous Partnership Strategy (Developing)

• Lake Yambuk Management Plan

• Levy Beach Management Plan

• (Lorne) Pollution Source Investigation for Lorne (Developing)

• Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan (Developing)

• Merri Marine Sanctuary Management Plan (Developing)

• Middle Island Management Plan (Draft)

• Moggs Creek - Wastewater Management Plan (Developing)

• Narrawong Management Plan

• Nelson Committee of Management Reserve Management Plan (Draft)

Painkalac Estuary Management Plan (Developing)

• Point Addis Marine National Park, Point Danger Marine Sanctuary and Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary Management Plan (Developing)

• Point Danger Coastal Reserve Management Strategy (Draft)

• SpIlt Point Lightstation Master Plan

• Torquay Foreshore Master Plan and Management Plan (Draft)

• Twelve Apostles Marine National Park and The Arches Marine Sanctuary Management Plan (Developing)

• White’s Beach Master Plan

• Wetland Strategy (Developing)

• Wye River Foreshore Master Plan

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Central Victorian Coastal Management Plans include:
• Altona to Williamstown Strategic Directions Plan

• Avalon Beach Management Plan

• Balnarring Foreshore Reserve Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

• Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary (Developing)

• Barwon Coast Coastal Management Plan (Review)

• Bayside Foreshore Strategy

• Bellarine Bayside Landscape Management Plan and Business Plan

• Black Rock - Beaumaris Masterplan

• Blind Bight Masterplan

• Bremlea Foreshore Management Plan

• Brighton Foreshore Masterplan

• Buckley Park Foreshore Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

Cannons Creek Foreshore Reserve Draft Management Plan

• Cape Patterson Foreshore Draft Management Plan

Capel Sound Foreshores Reserve Coastal Management Plan

• Churchill Island Marine NP (Developing)

• Collins Settlement Future Directions Plan

• Corlnella Foreshore Management Plan

• Crib Point/ Stony Point Foreshore Management and Business Plan

• Dromana Foreshore Management Plan (Review)

• Eastern Beach Management Plan (Draft)

Flinders Foreshore Coastal Management Plan (Draft)

• Frankston Foreshore Management and Business Plan

• French Island Marine NP (Developing)

• Hampton Masterplan

• Hastings Foreshore Management Plan

• Jawbone Marine Sanctuary (Developing)

• Keast Park Management Plan

• Kingston Foreshore Landscape Guidelines

• Kingston Foreshore Strategy

• Lang Lang Foreshore Management Plan

• LImeburners Bay

• Merricks Beach Foreshore Reserve Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

• Mt Eliza Foreshore Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

• Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary (Developing)

• Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary (Developing)

• Point Leo Foreshore Management and Business Plan

• Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Foreshore Reserve Management Plan

• Port Phillip and Westernport Regional Catchment Strategy

• Port Phillip Heads Marine NP (Developing)

• Portsea Foreshore Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

• Queenscliffe Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

• Queenscllff Harbour Redevelopment Plan

• Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (Developing)

• Rosebud Foreshore Future Directions Plan

• Rosebud Foreshore Landscape Masterplan

San Remo Foreshore Reserve Management Plan

• Sandridge Beach Masterplan

• Sandringham Foreshore Masterplan

Sandringham Foreshore Coastal Draft Management Plan (Parks Victoria)

• Seaford Foreshore Management and Business Plan

• Shoreham Coastal Management Plan (Developing)

• Somers Foreshore - Flora and Fauna Strategy

• St Kilda Urban Design Framework

• Tankerton Foreshore Future Directions Plan

• Tooradln Township Village Strategy

• TootgarooK/ West Rosebud (Capel Sound) Foreshore Management Plan

• Truganina Explosives Reserve Coastal Management Plan

• Warneet Foreshore Masterplan

• Werrlbee South Coastal Reserve Management Plan

White Cliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Reserve Draft Management Plan (DSE)

• Williamstown Foreshore Strategic Directions Plan

• Wyndham Foreshore Strategy

• Yaringa Marine NP (Developing)

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Gippsland Coastal Management Plans include:
• Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary (Developing)

• Bunurong Marine National Park and Marine Park (Developing)

• Cape Conran Coastal Park Management Plan

• Cape Howe Marine National Park (Developing)

• Cape Liptrap Coastal Park Management Plan

• Corner Inlet Marine National Park (Developing)

• Corner Inlet Ramsar Site Strategic Management Plan

• Corner Inlet and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park Management Plan (Developing)

• East Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy (Developing)

• Inverloch Foreshore Reserve and Anderson Inlet Management Plan

• Gabo Island Management Plan (Developing)

• Gippsland Lakes Future Directions and Actions Plan

• Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Strategic Management Plan

• Gippsland Lakes Shore Erosion and Revegetation Strategy

• Lake Wellington Wetlands Management Plan (Developing)

• Lakes Entrance Management Plan

• Loch Sport Lake Victoria Management Plan

• Macleod Morass & Jones Bay State Wildlife Reserve Management Plan

• Mallacoota Foreshore Management Plan (Developing)

• Mallacoota Management Plan

• Marlay Point Foreshore Reserve (Developing)

• Metung Management Plan

• Metung and Mosquito Point Foreshore Management Plan (Developing)

• Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park (Developing)

• North Arm Management Plan

• Paynesville Boating Strategy

• Point Hicks Marine National Park (Developing)

• Port Franklin Management Plan

Sandy Point Foreshore Management Plan

• Seaspray Reserves Management Plan

• Shallow Inlet Camping Reserve (Developing)

• South Gippsland Shire Urban Design Frameworks for 4 Coastal Settlements (Developing)

• Tamboon Inlet Management Plan (Developing)

• Walkerville Foreshore Coastal Management Plan

• Waratah Bay Foreshore Strategy Plan

• Wellington Coast Subdivision Strategy

• Wellington and East Gippsland Shire Urban Design Frameworks for 18 Coastal Settlements (Developing)

• West Gippsland Regional Catchment Strategy

• Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park and Marine Park (Developing)

• Woodside Foreshore Reserve (Developing)

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