VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week encouraged Victorians to have their say on metropolitan planning, to ensure that Melbourne's next metropolitan strategy is informed by a diverse range of possibilities.
Mr Guy said the new strategy needs to be built on the best of past planning strategies and requires fresh thinking to manage and address the challenges that the city faces.
"The next 12 months will be critical to the successful development of the metropolitan strategy, as we embark on further consultation across the broader community," Mr Guy said.
The Minister said strong linkages with Regional Growth Plans will be key to integrating Melbourne with the rest of the state.
"Our new strategy must showcase our city's outstanding reputation for liveability and productivity. It must be able to be rolled out in a visible, tangible way that meets short, medium and long-term goals, and above all, unites our community," Mr Guy said.
A new website, www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au, has been launched with online forums and fact sheets focused on ten key themes including people, housing, transport, environment, economy, communities, freight, infrastructure, regional areas and peri-urban areas.
According to Mr Guy, the government has been working with local councils, industry and peak bodies as part of the development of a discussion paper.
"Research is also underway into issues such as land supply and housing affordability, and opportunities for employment, transport and infrastructure. Projected population growth and trends in housing, demographic and economic change will also be considered," Mr Guy said.
Mr Guy also announced the establishment of a Ministerial Advisory Committee to direct the development of the strategy.
The Committee will be chaired by Melbourne-based international urban planner Professor Roz Hansen and include members Brian Haratsis, Chris Gallagher, Professor John Stanley, Tony Nicholson and Bernard McNamara.
According to the government, the metropolitan planning strategy will be focused on land use and transport options that respond to and integrates social, economic and environmental issues facing the metropolitan region.
The strategy aims to take a long-term view of growth and change across Melbourne and its influence on and relationship with regional Victoria, other Australian capital cities and internationally.
More information is available from the Metropolitan Planning Strategy website at <http://www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/>.