Victorian Planning Authority statement for 2018-19 released

The Victorian Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has released the annual Ministerial Direction and Statement of Expectations for the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) which establishes the approach and priority projects for the 2018-19 financial year.

This year’s program includes a number of new strategic metropolitan projects, greenfields precinct plans and diverse regional projects, many of which are funded through the Streamlining for Growth Program.

The statement includes both new and continuing projects prioritised through assessment criteria across the three areas of greenfields, urban renewal and regional projects.

Planning must also be considered in the context of Victoria’s economic needs, key infrastructure projects underway and evolving public priorities.

Priority projects for this year include planning for:

  • Brooklyn Business Park, catering for high productivity jobs and leveraging off government investment in the Westgate Tunnel

  • North Meadows, a vibrant new community boosting the rejuvenation of Broadmeadows

  • The Merrifield North and Officer South Employment precincts, providing jobs in Melbourne’s growth areas

  • The Parwan Employment precinct in Bacchus Marsh, which has the potential to create 1500 agribusiness jobs

  • A number of exciting projects for Bendigo, including for Bendigo West, Maiden Gully North and an industrial land review and a revitalisation plan for Golden Square.

The VPA will continue to maintain Victoria’s 15-year supply of zoned land in Melbourne’s greenfields but its focus will shift to urban renewal sites and regional planning, as part of delivering Plan Melbourne 2017-2050.

Victoria’s strategic planning policy states that 70% of Melbourne’s new housing stock should be created in established suburbs and that regional Victoria will be productive and sustainable.

The Statement Of Expectations 2018/19 is available here

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