Victoria

Planning improvements provide certainty for Activity Centres

[Victorian Government Media Release]

THE approval of the boundaries of five 'market-ready' activity centres in Melbourne and Geelong by the Brumby Labor Government will ensure the planning and management of growth is simpler and more effective.

Planning Minister Justin Madden today announced the new planning initiatives today at the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association's People Transforming Places conference in Creswick.

"The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to maintain Melbourne's liveability," Mr Madden said.

"This is a significant next step in our planning reforms as flagged in the government's response to the Melbourne 2030 audit, which will benefit Camberwell Junction, Coburg, Doncaster Hill, Central Geelong and Preston (High Street).

"Most importantly all other councils can now use the criteria developed by the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) to apply a boundary to their own activity centres."

Mr Madden said communities had an opportunity to comment on boundaries for each of these centres through council structure planning and amendment processes for each of the centres.

"DPCD also undertook a four-week period of public consultation on proposed boundaries for each of these centres during February and March this year," he said.

Across the five centres, a total of 53 submissions were received, and these were all referred to the Advisory Committee for its consideration.

The Advisory Committee also undertook its own separate consultation process with the submittors.

Mr Madden has also introduced a new Activity Centre Zone (ACZ) which will soon be incorporated into the Victoria Planning Provisions to be applied first at the Doncaster Hill Principal Activity Centre.

"This ACZ is designed to improve and simplify planning in activity centres by replacing most zones and overlays with one zone," he said.

The government will finalise the introduction of the ACZ at the remaining 'market-ready' centres over the next couple of months and then to all Central Activities Districts and remaining Principal Activity Centres.

"This work will continue to be done in conjunction with councils as part of the Brumby Labor Government's commitment to managing Melbourne’s growth," said Mr Madden.

A series of information sessions are scheduled for late September to assist councils, industry stakeholders, agencies and local communities understand how the new ACZ will operate.

Source: Premier of Victoria <http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-releases/>.

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