In response to the discussion paper entitled Delivering Melbourne’s newest sustainable communities the Property Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Committee and Residential Developers Committee have completed a preliminary review of the discussion paper which proposes to:
- Expand the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to cater for an additional 284,000 new dwellings;
- Deliver the Regional Rail Link to provide rail services to new communities in Melbourne’s west;
- Identify the location of the outer metropolitan ring road and intermodal rail/freight terminal; and
- Protect Melbourne’s green wedges.
The Property Council’s response to this discusison paper has been prepared without taking into consideration our position on the Growth Areas Infrastructucture Contribution (GAIC). We are responding to this as a seperate issue.
For Melbourne’s future growth to be sustainable it must be based on a comprehensive and integrated plan that focuses on the whole of Melbourne and regional Victoria, and considered in context of all of issues- not in a piecemeal fashion.
The Property Council supports the government’s broad objectives outlined in Delivering Melbourne’s newest sustainable communities discussion paper. Further, we are pleased that consideration is being given to the type and amount of infrastructure that will be required in the future to service new communities. However, we recommend that more work needs to be done to ensure growth in our middle and inner suburbs is considered as part of this overall strategy.