PLANNING Minister Justin Madden has approved the proposed expansion to Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and is seeking parliamentary ratification. Mr Madden said the planning scheme amendment, VC67, defined the city's new boundary and set out the alignments for major transport initiatives such the Outer Metropolitan / E6 Transport corridor project and the Regional Rail Link.
"Extending the Urban Growth Boundary is a key part of the Brumby Labor Government's long term plan to manage growth and protect our enviable lifestyle. Melbourne @ 5 million is a detailed strategy to build an additional 600,000 new dwellings over the next 20 years - 284,000 of these will be in new communities like those created within an expanded UGB," Mr Madden said.
Mr Madden said the amendment would protect 15,000 hectares of native grasslands in Melbourne's west and make 24,500 hectares of land available for housing to enable affordable housing and managed growth. Mr Madden also announced that the Government would allocate $10 million to prepare Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) in Melbourne's new growth areas.
Mr Madden said the recent passage of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) legislation last month ensured a dedicated funding stream for public transport and other community infrastructure in growth areas. "We have always said that it would be irresponsible to open up new land for development without first securing the revenue to pay for the necessary infrastructure over the life of the development," Mr Madden said.
The planning scheme amendment moves the UGB in Casey, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Hume, Melton and Mitchell Shire Councils. The amendment also changes Clause 12 and Clause 16 of the State Planning Policy Framework to implement the policy directions of Melbourne @ 5 Million.