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The Victorian government has released a community survey around its Better Apartments discussion paper, which canvasses new rules around size, quality and planning of medium- and high-density apartment projects in Melbourne.

Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne said the survey was one part of the Better Apartments consultation process, which was aiming to include industry and community views about creating a new benchmark of apartment living.

“Since its launch [in May], Better Apartments has kick-started a discussion within the design and construction industry, now we are drawing the public into the conversation,” Mr Wynne said.

“Planning is about people, and this survey will allow us to combine robust industry advice with meaningful community input on issues such as amenity and affordability. I have no doubt that this will lead to better planning decisions.”

Mr Wynne said Melbourne was set to house almost 100,000 new residents a year, and that apartments needed to be designed that were fit for purpose, affordable and liveable.

“Our built environment needs to improve our communities,” he said.

An options paper on apartment guidelines is set to be released later this year.

The survey will be open until 31 July 2015.

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