The Victorian Government has announced changes to Melbourne’s planning strategy for growth. The original strategy was released in May 2014 and outlines measures to support jobs close to homes, services and transport, etc. The 2014 change in the Victorian Government has resulted in the need to revise parts of Plan Melbourne 2014 according to the new government’s commitments. ‘Refresh’ of Plan Melbourne will focus on issues such as housing affordability and diversity, better local communities and better transport. Some of the proposed strategies are:
- 20-minute neighbourhoods; where people can both work and meet their daily needs within a 20-minute walk.
- 70/30 target; deliver 70% of new housing in Melbourne’s established areas and 30% greenfield growth areas.
- Facilitate more housing supply, including housing suitable for families with children.
- Apply the Neighbourhood Residential Zone to at least 50% of residential lands.
- Sustainable renewal of residential areas, where existing building stock is outdated and land values make redevelopment attractive.
- Transport infrastructure initiatives such as the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, the improvements to the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Mernda rail lines, and removal of the East West Link.
During this time, an online forum will be available for interested parties, such as you, to post ideas or ask questions about the Plan Melbourne refresh until Friday, 18 December 2015. Afterwards, the submissions will be reviewed and changes will be reflected in Plan Melbourne 2016.
As a service to our subscribers, CS Town Planning Experts will also gladly answer your questions regarding Plan Melbourne refresh.
Read more about the refresh of Plan Melbourne here.