Melbourne needs to accommodate an extra four million residents by 2050. That's 4,000,000 people. The State Government's response to the challenges presented by this growth, Plan Melbourne, is currently undergoing a major 'refresh'.
The Urban Development Institute Australia (Victoria) has led the property industry's input and is working closely with the Victorian Government to make sure the final Plan Melbourne strategy benefits home buyers and the community in the long term.
The Institute’s Plan Melbourne Refresh Industry Forum was held recently to canvas the views of industry and government leaders on the detail and direction of Plan Melbourne Refresh.
The Forum aimed to highlight how Plan Melbourne implementation and deliverability issues need to be addressed without impacting on market activity, affordability and choice.
Victorian Chief Executive of the Institute Danni Addison said the forum provided the opportunity for the development industry to participate in the policy making process.
“Taking a proactive role in providing thought leadership on the topic of managing Melbourne’s growth, today’s event brought together government staff, development company CEOs, academics and industry professionals to share their knowledge and insight."
The forum highlighted a range of issues that need to be addressed as part of the Plan Melbourne refresh, including:
What is Plan Melbourne?
was developed over more than two years through extensive collaboration across government and a sustained dialogue with professional, industry and community stakeholders.
A discussion paper Melbourne, let’s talk about the future was released in October 2012. By March 2013 thousands of people and representative organisations had been able to have their say on planning for Melbourne’s future through a range of activities, forums, surveys and a formal submission process.
In October 2013 Plan Melbourne was released for comment, supported by community and stakeholder briefings and information, with more than 450 submissions received. The final Plan Melbourne was the result of the work of many people and organisations.
was released in May 2014 and is currently referenced in the State Planning Policy Framework.
It is anticipated that a refreshed Plan Melbourne be released shortly following community and stakeholder consultation.