Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
A Logical Approach To Planning For Melbourne’s Growth
Victor P Taffa
A thorough investigation of Melbourne’s growth boundary has concluded, which will help to ensure Victoria has the best-planned and most competitive land supply in Australia, Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced today.
Releasing the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee report, Mr. Guy said the Victorian Coalition Government’s response to the report provided opportunities for Melbourne’s economic and social future.
“Housing, employment, infrastructure and all the other elements that make up our community need to be planned and implemented carefully.” Mr. Guy said.
“The completion of this review will lead to urban growth boundary modifications to ensure adequate long-term land supply and enable planning for population growth to be completed well ahead of time.”
“This is the most thorough and transparent review the state of Victoria has ever undertaken for metropolitan boundary changes. The entire process has had the oversight of an independent probity auditor.”
“Submissions to this review from councils and landowners have undergone a comprehensive planning assessment and review process.”
“Extensive community consultation and robust probity have been features of this important review, in direct contrast to the previous government’s boundary changes.”
“The inclusion of 5,958 hectares in the Urban Growth Boundary has been supported by the relevant councils, the Growth Areas Authority (GAA), an independent Advisory Committee and the State Government.”
“Also in contrast to the previous government’s approach, the review is bringing in significantly less than the 43,000 hectares included in 2010, and doing so in a far more transparent process.” Mr. Guy said.
In October 2011 the GAA conducted its review by assessing submissions and consulting with landowners, government agencies and councils. The independent Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee then reviewed, considered and made recommendations for each area.
Mr. Guy thanked Kathy Mitchell for chairing the committee and Lester Townsend, Brett Davis, Rodger Eade, Jodi Kennedy, David Mitchell and William O’Neil for their analysis, insight and advice to the government.
Inclusions in the metropolitan boundary include Wallan township in Mitchell Shire; land in Greenvale and Mickleham in the City of Hume; Brookfield, Kurunjang and Melton West in the Shire of Melton; Point Cook and Werribee in the City of Wyndham; land in Cranbourne South in the City of Casey; an area east of Pakenham in Cardinia Shire; and a small parcel in South Morang in the City of Whittlesea. All areas for inclusion were supported by the relevant local council.
Amendments to the Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mitchell, Whittlesea and Wyndham planning schemes will need to be made to include the areas within the boundary.
The land will then be subject to a broad corridor planning process conducted by the GAA together with key stakeholders, state agencies and local councils, before precinct structure planning will occur.