The Victorian Government has unveiled its refreshed strategic planning document to guide development to 2050.

As well as an update to reflect current policy positions, the key new focuses of Plan Melbourne Refresh are around affordable housing, community participation and new targets for climate change. Below we provide a summary of the key changes to be aware of.

This Melbourne 2050 map, from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, shows the key spatial framework to guide our City in the years to come. 

Plan Melbourne seeks to provide greater clarity to the role of education and health precincts, particularly supporting co-location of health and education facilitates.

Plan Melbourne Refresh:

  • Remains supportive of urban renewal precincts, but maps identifying the location of potential urban renewal areas have been deleted.
  • Names key employment areas as National Employment and Innovation Clusters. Fishermans Bend is one of these clusters.
  • Updates key infrastructure projects to align with current projects underway and new planned projects.
  • Seeks to provide greater clarity on the role of education and health precincts, particularly supporting co-location of health and education facilitates.
  • Seeks to improve freight efficiency, including airports and an enhanced role for rail.

As well as looking at the use of surplus Government land to boost social housing supply, the plan includes various mechanisms to support affordable housing.

Plan Melbourne Refresh:

  • Sets an aspirational target of 70/30 split of housing to be accommodated in established vs greenfield locations.
  • Requires development in growth areas to be sequenced and staged to better link infrastructure delivery to land release.
  • Looks at the use of surplus Government land to boost social housing supply.
  • Reforms the planning system to provide for affordable housing contribution.
  • Includes value capture uplift from rezoning to put towards policy priorities, such as affordable housing

Plan Melbourne Refresh seeks to strengthen community participation in planning for Melbourne.

Plan Melbourne Refresh:

  • Provides stronger policy for green wedge and per-urban areas.
  • Reforms residential zones to provide minimum open space requirements.
  • Supports community gardens and productive landscapes, which provide for local food production at a modest scale.
  • Seeks to deliver social infrastructure to support communities in a whole-of-government approach.
  • Respects heritage while managing change.
  • Seeks to strengthen community participation in planning for Melbourne.

One priority is transitioning to a low-carbon economy, with a target of 25% energy from renewal sources by 2020.

Plan Melbourne Refresh:

  • Aims to transition to a low-carbon economy, with a target of 25% energy from renewal sources by 2020.
  • Includes provisions for climate change impacts to be included in future infrastructure planning, with a focus on precinct-scale energy production.

Further information on the controls can be found on the Plan Melbourne website. Our Melbourne planners would also be pleased to hear from you with any queries.  

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