Latest 'State of the State' report released by Victorian Planning Authority

VICTORIA has 10 years' worth of land available to be developed, according to the Victorian Planning Authority's fourth quarter 'State of the State' report, which provides a snapshot of key demographic metrics across Victoria.

The report tracks population growth, building approvals and other statistics pertinent to the planning and development industries, with the VPA saying its precinct structure planning program has had a significant impact on the amount of land that can provide housing and jobs.

Residential development on Melbourne's fringes
Above: Residential development on Melbourne's fringes / by gappa01.

At the end of 2009, Victoria's greenfields had approximately 4.4 years' worth of land that could undergo development, but the latest report shows that the state now has more than a decade worth of supply.

The supply level varies greatly between corridors, with Wyndham having 19 years of supply and Whittlesea having almost eight years.

It is anticipated that supply will increase in 2017 as there are a number of large PSPs in the final stages of approval.

This report shows that in the past 12 months 36,412 detached houses and 31,748 other residential dwellings were approved across the state.

Historically, detached houses have been the dominant type of residential construction in Victoria but in the past few years the number of other residential dwellings approved has been almost the same as detached houses. It is yet to be determined if this is a permanent trend or a short-term aberration.

More information is available from the Victorian Planning Authority website at <>.

Photo: Residential development on Melbourne's fringes / 'Sprawl 18' / gappa01 / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0 / Photo has been cropped.

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