MELBOURNE'S Metropolitan Planning Authority has been expanded Victoria-wide to boost planning support for regional cities and towns, Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced last week.
The new Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) will work on the long-term plans needed to support the state's growing population, which is expected to reach 10 million people by 2051.
The new authority delivers on the Victorian Government's promise to create the VPA and expand on the metro-focused body set up under the previous planning minister. The 2015-16 Budget included $2.1 million to fund a specialist unit to work with regional councils and communities to develop plans which support development and creates jobs.
The VPA will work with councils to design new suburbs, identify new development opportunities and increase housing in regional areas.
Around Melbourne, the VPA will design new suburbs and urban renewal sites, encourage different housing options and boost affordability through consistent land supply.
Regional Development Victoria, Regional Partnerships and all regional councils will work with the VPA to ensure coordinated planning across government.
"We know that good planning is vital to the success or otherwise of a city, and the VPA working to deliver strong growth in our regions along with great amenity, quality infrastructure and affordable housing," said VPA Chief Executive, Peter Seamer.
"This new authority builds off the excellent track record of the MPA in carefully planning for Melbourne's growth for over a decade, leaving other states lagging behind."