CAPs are the primary tool for the planning and management of significant coastal, estuarine and marine areas or issues in Victoria. CAPs are a unique planning mechanism for the delivery of Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 (VCS) and are enabled by the Coastal Management Act 1995 (the Act).The development and delivery of CAPs in western Victoria has been led by the Board since 1996 with significant input and support from regional stakeholders.
CAPs under the Act
The Coastal Management Act provides for the governance, contents, preparation, endorsement and review of CAPs.
Section 23 of the Act sets out the contents of a CAP and states that a CAP:
a) prepare a CAP for its region or any part of its region and
b) must prepare a CAP at the direction of either the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change or the Victorian Coastal Council (VCC).
Sections 24-28 establish the CAP preparation, approval, endorsement and review processes.
CAPs are one part of the coastal planning hierarchy that provides strategic direction for the delivery of integrated coastal zone management on the Victorian Coast. The Victorian Coastal Strategy (VCS) 2014 provides the overarching state wide strategy and CAPs should provide regional strategic planning direction to enable stakeholders to deliver the VCS. The CAPs also provide guidance for the development of Management Plans for specific areas of coastal Crown land.
CAP guidelines were updated in 2012 by the VCC and Regional Coastal Boards and will assist all stakeholders in the preparation, implementation, review and revision of CAPs. Click here to download the CAP Guidelines.