The Andrews government has committed to revising and updating the former government’s Plan Melbourne document, planning minister Richard Wynne’s has announced, with the expert ministerial advisory committee that developed the original plan being reconvened.
“Planning is about people, and the community was largely ignored in the first version of Plan Melbourne,” Mr Wynne said.
“A renewed Plan Melbourne will give a long-term vision for housing Victoria’s growing population, increasing jobs and liveability, integrating public transport and infrastructure and deal with climate change.’’
The government has criticised the original document for being aimed “at last year’s election rather than 2050”.
“The government will release the public submissions on the draft and get new advice that reflects the weight of submissions, the right priorities and key long-term projects,” a media release said.
The move was commended by the Planning Institute in Victoria, with president James Larmour-Reid saying revisiting the Plan Melbourne strategy with the original expert advisory committee would ensure the latest thinking on key planning issues could be incorporated into the plan.
“A great deal of community input went into Plan Melbourne,” Mr Larmour-Reid said.
“It’s refreshing to hear that the government is prepared to build upon the foundations of the document rather than start the process all over again.
“Melbourne is a rapidly growing, international city – it deserves consistency and continuity in its planning vision.”
The PIA also welcomed the reinstatement of content around matters such as climate change, affordable housing and energy efficiency.