Spring Street launches Plan Melbourne reboot, discussion paper

The Planning Minister Richard Wynne has launched the rebooted Plan Melbourne as well as a discussion paper for consultation.

A media release distributed on Thursday morning states "The Andrews Labor Government has revised Plan Melbourne to address issues that affect the community, such as housing affordability and climate change - which were both left out by the previous Liberal Government.

"The Liberal's draft plan attracted 450 submissions and input from more than 10,000 Victorians during consultation, but the final radically departed from the draft and failed to provide long-term vision."

The following is the Minister's foreword from the Plan Melbourne Refresh at a glance document.

Melbourne is at an exciting time in its history with unparalleled opportunity for growth, development and prosperity.

We need to prepare for that growth now, and with sensible and sustainable planning we can provide the foundation for Victoria’s economic vitality and liveability throughout the 21st century.

The Plan Melbourne refresh is about making sure our strategy for the city’s growth and development gives our present and future citizens an even better quality of life, a higher standard of living and access to greater opportunities.

I want to see us build a city that sets an example to the world for environmental sustainability, social equity, enhanced liveability and economic strength.

Melbourne is facing some big challenges. Our projected population growth, changing economic conditions and the pressures of climate change mean we need to think and act thoughtfully about how to grow and develop our city.

Much of Plan Melbourne 2014 has bipartisan support and this refresh does not propose a comprehensive revision. Rather, it allows us to revisit the plan in light of new information and incorporate some ideas that planning experts and ordinary citizens alike have raised during the consultations and lively public debates over the last few years that had been omitted.

And having refreshed Plan Melbourne, we will be in a better position to answer the big questions that can no longer be ignored: How do we make sure there is a steady supply of housing that is affordable for the next generation of Victorians? How do we manage investment in transport infrastructure to keep this city moving? How do we avoid the sorts of geographical inequalities that plague many of the world’s fastest growing cities? How do we prepare for climate change?

The discussion paper presents options for consideration during the public consultation process. These options have been informed by  the work of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) which I re-formed in 2015 to provide me with independent expert advice on how to refresh Plan Melbourne. It has also benefited enormously from submissions and information collected during an earlier extensive community and stakeholder engagement program.

I encourage you to read it, discuss it, circulate it via social media, and be part of a lively public debate. Melbourne is our city, so together let’s set its course for a positive future.

Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne

To view the full suite of documents published by the State Government today, see the new Refresh Plan Melbourne website.

Happy reading.


Nicholas Harrison's picture

Overall the changes proposed by the committee are sensible and should have been included in Plan Melbourne from day one.

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Bilby's picture

Still only the barest mention of heritage in the plan, with no "certainty" in terms of rules for adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and sites (e.g. retain buildings in 3-dimensions with appropriate setbacks rather than permitting facadism)? That seems like a massive oversight for the cultural capital of Australia, and Melbourne as a "Design City", does it not?

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