Melbourne’s Metropolitan Planning Authority has been expanded Victoria-wide to boost planning support for regional cities and towns.
The new Victorian Planning Authority will work on the long-term plans needed to cope with the state’s growing population, set to reach 10 million people by 2051.
The Andrews Labor Government promised to create the VPA and expand on the metro-focused body set up under the previous planning minister.
The 2015-16 Budget included $2.1 million to fund a specialist unit to work with regional councils and communities to develop plans which support development and creates jobs.
The VPA will work with councils to design new suburbs, identify new development opportunities and increase housing in regional areas.
Around Melbourne, the VPA will design new suburbs and urban renewal sites, encourage different housing options and boost affordability through consistent land supply.
Regional Development Victoria, Regional Partnerships and all regional councils will work with the VPA so planning is coordinated across government.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“Our growth rate reflects Victoria’s success but also means we have to make sure we have enough housing and development options to meet demand and maintain affordability.”
“Smart, coordinated growth will create jobs and encourage development across the state.”
Quotes attributable to Victorian Planning Authority Chief Executive Peter Seamer
“We know that good planning is vital to the success or otherwise of a city, and the VPA working to deliver strong growth in our regions along with great amenity, quality infrastructure and affordable housing.”
“This new authority builds off the excellent track record of the MPA in carefully planning for Melbourne’s growth for over a decade, leaving other states lagging behind.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020