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Melbourne plans for urban growth

Melbourne plans for urban growth

11 November 2009

Melbourne is moving to safeguard its status as one of the world's most welcoming and liveable cities, with new legislation set to ensure the availability of land as well as housing affordability.

In line with Melbourne @ 5 million, the Victorian government’s overarching planning policy, a number of strategies are being introduced to support a further 284,000 dwellings in Melbourne’s growth areas and 316,000 dwellings in Melbourne’s established areas.

Unveiling a map that highlighted the locations for Melbourne’s newest suburbs, grassland reserves, the Regional Rail Link and the Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 transport corridor, Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden said future development will support sustainable communities.

“Liveability is something that Melbourne and Victoria do well – and something we have become renowned for,” Mr Madden said.

“But as we move forward, new challenges emerge, including how we cater for an expanding population and how our city adapts and flourishes.

“Maintaining this liveability and safeguarding future housing affordability depends on making good planning decisions now so we can protect the lifestyle in existing suburbs and brand new communities well in to the future.”

An amendment to the planning scheme to extend the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) will cater for Melbourne’s growth for 20 years to come, ensuring affordability and sustainability.

“The extension will include approximately 24,500 hectares of developable land. This is less than half the original Investigation Area – land to build at least 134,000 new homes for Victorian families, whilst also protecting natural areas, creeks, quarries and other non-developable land,” Mr Madden said.

“In addition, the amendment will include the new boundaries for two large native grassland reserves west of Melbourne.

“It will also set out the alignment for the Regional Rail Link, which will provide more frequent and reliable regional rail services and boost the capacity of the metropolitan rail system.

“It also sets out the alignment for the Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Transport Corridor to cater for the expected growth in people and freight moving around outer metropolitan Melbourne and Victoria.”

An amendment to legislation governing the Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) will also help ensure families have access to the services and infrastructure they need.

“The GAIC will apply to those who profit from subdividing and developing the land brought into the UGB,’’ Mr Madden said.

“This will contribute towards paying for the infrastructure needed by families who move to some of Melbourne’s newest suburbs.

“Landholders whose land is brought into the UGB can expect the value of their land to increase substantially and the planning for infrastructure will only make this land more attractive to those wishing to develop.”

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