SCHEDULE 2 TO THE VEGETATION PROTECTION OVERLAY
Shown on the planning scheme map as VPO2
TEA TREE, MOONAH, COASTAL HEATH AND NATIVE VEGETATION PROTECTION AREA
.0 Statement of nature and significance of vegetation to be protected
The overlay area includes communities of native vegetation including substantial amounts of Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum and Leptospermum juniperinum), Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata) and Coastal Heath (Leucopogon parviflorus). This vegetation forms an integral part of the overlay area’s coastal and urban character.
.0 Vegetation protection objective to be achieved
To protect the existing native vegetation, particularly Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum and Leptospermum juniperinum) Coastal Heath (Leucopogon parviflorus) and the Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata) as an integral part of the coastal and urban character of Point Lonsdale.
To encourage the use of Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum and Leptospermum juniperinum) Coastal Heath (Leucopogon parviflorus) and the Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata) in landscaping and street planting throughout the overlay area.
To protect and ensure the long term future of significant native vegetation.
To ensure that driveways, road works, and service trenches have a minimum impact on existing vegetation.
To encourage regeneration of native vegetation, particularly Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum and Leptospermum juniperinum) Coastal Heath (Leucopogon parviflorus) and the Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata).
To promote the use of locally indigenous plants for regeneration and revegetation.
.0 Permit requirement
A permit is required to remove, destroy or lop all native vegetation including Tea Tree. Coastal Heath and the Moonah
No permit is required to remove destroy or lop vegetation that:
No permit is required to remove vegetation to allow for minor works, landscaping and buildings less than 3 metres in height and 10 square metres in area, which are ancillary to an existing building on an allotment.
No permit is required to remove vegetation that has a truck diameter of 50mm or less and height less than 1 metre.
Any indigenous vegetation removed should be replaced with new vegetation of species of local provenance at a ratio of 2:1 (ie. 2 new planting’s for every mature plant/ tree removed).
An application to remove vegetation must:
Indicate the total extent of native vegetation on the subject land and the extent of proposed clearing, destruction or lopping.
Specify the purpose for the proposed clearing.
Demonstrate that the extent of clearing has been reduced as much as is reasonable and practicable.
Specify proposals for regeneration or revegetation following the removal destruction or lopping of any native vegetation.
.0 Decision guidelines
Before deciding on an application for a permit the responsible authority must consider:
The conservation and enhancement of the native vegetation;
The preservation of the biodiversity of the vegetation community and landscape values;
The extent and diversity of proposed replacement planting;
The need to undertake fire prevention works;
The role of the vegetation in conserving the flora and fauna in the provision of food and habitat.
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