NEW standards of innovation and sustainability will drive development of Fishermans Bend, with the release of the 2050 vision document establishing a clear direction for future planning work and delivery, the Victorian Government announced earlier this month.
According to the government, the vision recognises the 491-hectare area near Melbourne's CBD as an opportunity to set new benchmarks for inner city urban renewal including:
- An integrated transport strategy including cycle paths, tram lines and an underground rail line;
- A target of 80 per cent of transport movements made via public transport, walking or cycling;
- Open space within 200 metres walking distance for all residents and workers;
- Primary and secondary schools;
- Activity centres in each precinct including retail, jobs and community services;
- Delivery of catalyst projects – the Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct is just the first; and
- Diverse and affordable housing options.
Fishermans Bend is expected to eventually accommodate 80,000 residents and 60,000 jobs by 2050 and this vision document will underpin detailed planning work for four separate neighbourhoods and a new employment precinct.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne said design and engineering will be at the heart of the employment precinct, following the State Government's recent purchase of the 37.7-hectare Holden site.
"The government is doing the groundwork needed so Fishermans Bend is a great place to live, work, learn and invest with the right mix of infrastructure and services to support a diverse range of families and businesses," Mr Wynne said.
"The vision aligns with the Labor Government's Plan Melbourne update – our city's blueprint for growth and sustainability to 2051 across the areas of transport, building resilience to climate change, housing supply, diversity and choice, and sustainability and energy efficiency measures."