TIGHTER planning controls around the Port of Portland have been introduced by the state government to prevent future development which could hinder its future.
A large slice of industrial residential land south of the main port infrastructure has been included in an expanded planning overlay.
The controls are under new zones recommended by a report into the ports of Portland, Melbourne, Hastings and Geelong adopted by Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week.
Ports Minister and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said the new protection would help secure economic growth and support the freight and logistics industry.
A special ports environment overlay will apply to the area bounded by the Henty Highway, Madeira Packet Road, Wellington Road and Edgar Street.
“This brings clarity for property owners and makes sure we don’t end up in the mess that happened under the previous government,” Dr Napthine said.
“We’ve protected the importance of the port. However, householders need not be alarmed. They will still be able to enjoy living there and buy and sell as normal.
“It’s just designed to prevent unsuitable developments in that area, for example, a medical centre or childcare centre.”