Ultimately Council’s responsibility in the planning process is to ensure that the community’s quality of life is maintained and improved where possible. To do this, Council relies upon the planning scheme to identify and communicate what is appropriate development, where this may occur, and the type of application required.
The natural environment is a key element of the community’s lifestyle and identity and is a resource that can contribute to the Shire’s economic development. It is therefore important that the Shire’s natural environment and resources, including its biodiversity, ecological processes, landscape and water are protected from negative impacts that may result from development. The management of the Shire’s environment and resources will be cognisant of traditional knowledge and the local community to ensure the continued sustainability of the Mornington Shire.