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The Victorian Coalition Government will implement a fair, consistent and transparent planning system that delivers certainty to residents, councils and to businesses....
We have listened to Victorians who have told us they want a planning system based on genuine consultation, honesty, openness and certainty.
One of Victoria’s greatest assets is the built form of our cities and towns. Under the Coalition Government, change and growth will be fostered in a manner that respects heritage and environment and returns fairness and certainty to planning.
Over the past decade, the dream of home ownership has become a nightmare for many Victorians, particularly young families. We will work to end Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis by cutting red tape and increasing land supply in growth areas.
The Coalition Government will actively plan for Melbourne’s future growth and will develop opportunities for new housing in growth areas, activities areas and through long-term urban renewal.
The Coalition Government will establish an Urban Renewal Authority to facilitate urban renewal in areas close to central Melbourne that traditionally had an industrial base but can accommodate change. Similar to the Docklands, these areas will take the pressure of high density development off many existing suburbs. The Coalition Government recognises the importance of maintaining our open space, and will not sacrifice urban parks for quick development.
Achievements and policies implemented
- Established a new Housing Affordability Unit within the Department of Planning and Community Development to provide a whole-of-government overview to the Planning Minister about state and local government policies, legislation or procedures that could be reformed to help improve housing affordability
- Established a new Urban Renewal Authority to identify inner-urban areas that may be suitable for large-scale urban renewal, and then manage the transition of these areas to a mostly residential base
- Established a new Peri-Urban Council Unit of the Department of Planning and Community Development, designed to act as the first port of call for peri-urban councils and assist them with long-term strategic planning and long-term structure planning of towns and future communities, long-term population management and environmental and biodiversity issues being faced in long-term planning
- Restored fairness and certainty to the planning system for wind farms
- Removed from the State Planning Policy Framework the Labor Government's VC71, clause 16 amendments which allowed for high-rise, high-density development along every tram, train, bus or light rail corridor
- Moved to amend or repeal Labor's Growth Areas Infrastructure Charge (GAIC) legislation to enable a model payable 100 per cent at the Statement of Compliance stage
- Establish a Ministerial Advisory Committee for Victoria's planning system