Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Victoria Shadow Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Certainty And Opportunity For Planning System Under Coalition Govt
Victor P Taffa
A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will create a Planning System that gives Policy Certainty to the community and more opportunities for growth.
“The Coalition has listened to Victorians who want Policy certainty and the opportunity to play a part in growing a sustainable and liveable Melbourne.” Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.
“We will act to cut red tape, speed up planning approvals and play a lead role in identifying new growth opportunities for Melbourne.”
“Our plan will reduce the costs of housing development, cutting costs to homebuyers.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“A Coalition Government will actively plan for future growth for Melbourne, unlike Labor’s failed approach, and will develop opportunities for new housing in growth areas, activities areas and through long term urban renewal.” Mr. Baillieu said.
If elected, a Coalition Government will:
- Establish a new, structured process for a biennial review of the Urban Growth Boundary in growth areas, with clear timeframes and transparency;
- Work with relevant municipalities for the immediate assessment of logical inclusions in Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary to facilitate billions of dollars worth of much-needed development-ready housing projects;
- Establish a new Urban Renewal Authority to identify inner urban areas that may be suitable for large-scale urban renewal, and then manage the transition of these areas to a mostly residential base;
- Audit all government-owned land within the UGB to identify sites for future development, such as the VicRoads site in Kew;
- Establish an online Infrastructure Development Register of state and local government projects in Victoria to ensure that the private sector can help reduce the infrastructure backlog that has built up under Labor;
- Abolish Labor’s bureaucratic Growth Areas Authority and the wasteful Development Facilitation Unit to create a new Urban Planning Unit that is committed to managing population growth, improving operational and regulatory processes and identifying areas of planning delay in Local and State Government;
- Require all councils with Central, Principle or Major Activities Areas to have boundaries fully defined within three years to provide certainty on exactly where large-scale urban change will occur;
- Trial the practice of Code Assessment in Activities Areas to give greater clarity as to what can be built and where and to improve regulatory delay;
- Examine the removal of the requirement for the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) to be paid on land that is zoned for commercial or industrial use.
Shadow Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the Coalition’s Planning Vision for Melbourne gave the certainty and direction that had been lacking for almost a decade under Labor and the Melbourne 2030 Regime.
“Labor’s failure and incompetence has seen a huge growth in the gap between housing demand and supply, which has significantly worsened affordability over the last decade.” Mr. Guy said.
“The Coalition will introduce a boundary review system that brings land on stream when it is needed and a planning system that defines our Activities Area boundaries, as well as identifying and commencing the development for our next Docklands.” Mr. Guy said.