Planning scheme amendments

Amendment GC13 - Bushfire Management Overlay

Updates to the Bushfire Management Overlay

The Victorian Government has reviewed mapping for the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO), and the Colac Otway Planning Scheme maps have now been updated to include changes to the overlay.

The mapping was reviewed as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement all of the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.  Changes have been developed in partnership with the Council, the CFA and CSIRO.

What is the BMO?

The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to land that may be significantly affected by a bushfire.

The BMO triggers the need for a planning permit for certain uses, developments and subdivision, and requires appropriate bushfire protection measures.

To learn more about the BMO and the recent updates visit or contact the Council's Strategic Planning Unit on 03 5232 9400.

Is my property affected by a BMO?

Many townships and rural areas in Colac Otway Shire are a part of BMO mapping.

You can check if your property is affected by the BMO using the Government's Planning Maps Online tool. 

More information

All landowners and occupiers affected by this change have been notified in writing.  In addition there will be community information sessions to provide the opportunity for affected residents and communities to learn about the changes and discuss them with Council officers.  The details for these sessions are as follows:

Date Time Venue Location

Thursday 23 November 2017

4.00pm - 7.00pm Colac Bowling Club Cnr Moore and Armstrong Street Colac
Friday 24 November 2017 4.00pm - 7.00 pm Apollo Bay Senior Citizen Centre 4 Whelan Street Apollo Bay

Officers from Council, DELWP and the CFA will be available to discuss the changes to the bushfire controls during these sessions.  Please note there will be no formal presentations.  You are encouraged to drop in at any time and discuss with staff in attendance your individual concerns or how the BMO controls may impact on your land. 

Amendment C96 - Anomalies Amendment

The Colac Otway Shire Council has prepared Amendment C96 to the Colac Otway Planning Scheme.  Amendment C96 proposes to correct zoning and overlay anomalies in the mapping of the Colac Otway Planning Scheme.

The amendment affects land at;

  • Part of 465 Skenes Creek Road, Skenes Creek
  • 6 Bath Street, Colac
  • Part of Lot Res1 PS705228 (Corner Scanlan Drive and Wyuna Drive, Elliminyt)
  • 79-81 Grant Street Forrest (5E P081777, 8E P081778, 9E P081779 and 10E P081780)
  • Part of 360 Corangamite Lake Road, Cororooke
  • Part of 15-19 Strachan Street, Birregurra
  • 2A Alexander Street, Colac
  • 162 Lineens Road, Corunnun (Lot 1 TP192207 and Lot 1 LP77507)
  • Parts 1535, 1571, 1575, 1577 and 1579 Birregurra-Forrest Road, Barwon Downs
  • 130 Old Ocean Road, Glenaire
  • Part of 13 Lang Street, Beeac
  • 195 McCalls Road, Yeodene
  • Part of 25 Weston Street, Beeac
  • 390 and parts of 270 and 340 Dewings Bridge Road, Gerangamete
  • 10 McDonnells Road, Birregurra

The amendment is required to correct a number of anomalies in the mapping of the Colac Otway Planning Scheme in order to improve the implementation of the Scheme.  On 23 August 2017, Council considered the amendment and resolved to request the Minister for Planning to authorise Amendment C96 and to exhibit the Amendment.  The Council report and minutes can be viewed here: Council Minutes - 23 August 2017(PDF, 8MB)

The amendment documents can be viewed here:

Amendment C96 Council Report(PDF, 507KB)  

Explanatory Report & Instruction Sheet(PDF, 274KB)  

Maps of Affected Properties(PDF, 4MB)

Clause 61.03(PDF, 31KB)   


Any person who may be affected by the Amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the Amendment.  Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the Amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 31 October 2017.

Written submissions should be titled “Amendment C96 Submission” and must be sent to Strategic Planning, Colac Otway Shire Council, PO Box 283, COLAC VIC 3250 or via e-mail to  Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

If you have any queries concerning this matter, please contact the Planning, Building & Health Department by email or phone 03 5232 9400, referencing Amendment C96.

Completed Amendments

Completed Colac Otway Shire Planning Scheme Amendments can be found here.  Please refer to links below for recently completed amendments:

C78 - Harris Road Elliminyt - Land Rezoning - approved 28/07/2016

C84 - Sand Road Glenaire - Land Rezoning - approved 14/04/2016

C86 - Colac Township: Economic Development Commercial and Industrial Land Use Strategy - approved 25/10/2017

C91 - Barham River Road Apollo Bay - Land Rezoning - approved 06/04/2017

C92 - Pound Road Elliminyt - Land Rezoning - approved 02/03/2017

C93 - Wye River & Separation Creek - BAL Mapping - approved 27/10/2016