MELBOURNE City Council will this week consider a new Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) as part of its review of the planning scheme. Councillors will consider the plan at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting on Tuesday 13 April.
The city's original MSS was introduced as part of the planning scheme in 1999 and reviewed in 2004. The Council states that a new MSS is required due to changes that have occurred since that time. These include changed demographic, economic, social and environmental landscapes; the Victorian Government's new strategic directions including Melbourne @ 5 Million and The Victorian Transport Plan; and a number of new strategic policies relevant to the use and development as part of the Future Melbourne Community Plan (2009).
Future Melbourne Committee (Planning) Chair, Cr Peter Clarke, said "we are planning now for the development of our city over the next 20 years and the MSS demonstrates the approach we are taking to secure that vision for Melbourne. The MSS is about well-designed urban renewal, using land efficiently and effectively, about making this city a better place to live for years to come."
Cr Clarke said that while change will occur in some parts of the city, he said that substantial change will happen only in specifically targeted areas. "Other parts, like heritage-protected residential areas are expected to remain relatively stable," Cr Clarke said.