Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Big Steps For CBD Planning At Docklands
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has approved the New Quay development plan at Docklands and also announced that Docklands planning powers will be handed back to the Melbourne City Council.
The New Quay development plan will provide the framework for the next phase of development on the northern side of Victoria Harbour and the handing back of planning powers to the City of Melbourne represents a significant shift for the future management and direction of Docklands.
“The time has come to give the City of Melbourne planning powers over the development over the Docklands.” Mr. Guy said.
“From today, the residents of Docklands will have a direct connection through their council to planning decisions and will have a stronger voice over decisions that impact upon their community.”
“The Lord Mayor and the City of Melbourne have a clear vision for how Docklands can grow, and I’m very pleased to be giving them the opportunity to improve Docklands for its residents, its workers, and visitors.”
“I am sure that with the council’s vision, we can see Docklands reach its full potential as the natural waterfront extension of the CBD so that Docklands can have a diverse, rich, warm character.”
The approval of the New Quay Development Plan provides for five new buildings for the growing Docklands population, a world class 5 star hotel, connecting roads, waterfront retail and restaurants, an urban park for events, residents, markets and evening spectacles as well as a series of laneways reflecting back to the heart of Melbourne.
The development plan will give a clear planning direction for New Quay Central, ensuring the continued growth of the Docklands precinct is planned, managed and delivered.
“The announcements today complement approval and funding of the Docklands Library and Community Centre at Dock Square, which will commence construction shortly.” Mr. Guy said.
A planning scheme amendment to give powers back to the council will be gazetted shortly.