The Property Council has welcomed the establishment of Victoria’s new urban renewal authority, Places Victoria.
The Victorian Government’s announcement follows ongoing and consistent advocacy by the Property Council over a sustained period for the establishment of a Victorian Planning Authority to take control of planning decisions across Victoria, cutting red tape and coordinating the myriad of state and local government agencies.
Jennifer Cunich, Executive Director of the Property Council in Victoria, commented that, "the Victorian Government has a responsibility to deliver a world class planning system through coordinated delivery for metropolitan, regional and rural planning decisions. All Victorians deserve better outcomes from our planning"
Victoria faces major issues over the next few years and it is hoped the Victorian Government, through initiatives such as Places Victoria, will address these issues head on. Investing in infrastructure, creating a competitive tax environment and encouraging appropriate development in infill areas are all part of implementing a strategic plan for Melbourne and wider Victoria," said Ms Cunich.
"To ensure that Victoria maintains its current level of growth and prosperity the Victorian Government needs to adopt a modern, efficient planning and application assessment system. It has taken a significant step in the right direction today," Ms Cunich said.
"The Coalition Government should be congratulated on its commitment to planning reform that it has demonstrated this week with its announcement to reform the development contribution process and to implement a new urban renewal authority in Victoria."
"Successful implementation of these commitments will be vital if Victoria is to have a planning regime that delivers planning outcomes in a timely manner," said Ms Cunich.
The Property Council has over recent years, consistently maintained its position and argued for the establishment of an overarching planning authority.
"Places Victoria should maintain a faciliatory role within the Victorian market and allow industry to do what industry does best – that is to build our communities and our cities," commented Ms Cunich.
The Property Council congratulates Mr Sangster on his appointment as CEO of Places Victoria and looks forward to continuing the strong relationship between VicUrban and the Property Council as VicUrban transitions into Places Victoria.
Jennifer Cunich, Executive Director – (03) 9650 8300
Danni Addison, Public Affairs Manager – (03) 9664 4230 or 0408 861 408