5 May 2010 – Changes to zoning and development laws to enhance environmental sustainability are part of a proposed 30-year-plan for Southbank, the City of Melbourne announced today.

The Draft Southbank Structure Plan 2010 includes changes to zoning and development controls to allow residents and workers to be closer to local shops and services, according to a City of Melbourne media release, yesterday.

The plan also outlines new planning guidelines that consider an individual building’s impact on the overall streetscape as well as how each building can meet prescribed environmental standards.

Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee Chair, Peter Clarke said that the plan takes into account the needs of Melbourne’s growing population, with a focus on enhancing environmentally sustainable living within the Southbank area.

“Southbank is already on a path of significant growth in its resident and worker populations. The Southbank Structure Plan shows how to accommodate this growth through good urban planning and design in order to boost the liveability, prosperity and sustainability of the area.

“It also focuses on creating an active, assessable and vibrant urban community with great facilities and a focus on environmentally sustainable living.”

Improvements to cycling and walking facilities as well as the establishment of new community centres and public spaces are also part of the proposal.

The draft structure plan will be introduced to council next Tuesday and will be subject to a six week community engagement process starting from 12 May.

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