New Melbourne City Planning Advisory Committee announced

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden today announced details of a new joint State Government and City of Melbourne committee that will assess developments larger than 25,000 square metres in Melbourne.

Mr Madden said the Central City Standing Advisory Committee would give the City of Melbourne greater involvement in major planning decisions in the CBD. "Through this joint advisory committee the Victorian Government and City of Melbourne can achieve a shared vision for shaping Melbourne through the planning decisions that are made," Mr Madden said.

Mr Madden said the Central City Standing Advisory Committee comprised of members from the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

The Committee will consider development applications over 25,000 square metres within the Melbourne Planning Scheme. Mr Madden said the first applications to be assessed by the Committee will be 80 Collins Street and the former Naval and Military Club at 23-35 Little Collins Street.

Mr Madden said the interim Advisory Committee would remain in place until proposed legislative amendments came into effect enabling the body to decide planning matters. The Committee has been appointed for a period of one year under s151 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Committee will meet for the first time later in June.

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he was delighted about the committee and that the State Government had shown goodwill towards the Council. "I have been discussing the return of these planning powers to the city for over a year now with Minister Madden and I am delighted with this resolution... This new advisory committee is a win for our city as it will ensure the best possible outcomes for planning decisions on major developments within the City of Melbourne," Cr Doyle said.

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