Metropolitan Planning Strategy

The previous State Government developed Plan Melbourne, to guide Melbourne’s growth and development over the next 40 years.

This plan provides the strategic impetus for future planning decisions concerning housing, employment, infrastructure and the environment in Melbourne.

Its vision is that “Melbourne will be a global city of opportunity and choice”. It seeks to “integrate long-term land use, infrastructure and transport planning to meet the population housing and employment needs of the future.”

To read Plan Melbourne and find out about how it was developed and will be implemented, visit the Plan Melbourne website.

Plan Melbourne was released May 2014. It has legal effect in the Yarra Planning Scheme through changes to the  State Planning Policy Framework.

Metropolitan Planning Authority

A new Metropolitan Planning Authority has been set up to implement Plan Melbourne.

The Authority replaces the Growth Areas Authority and will work with Councils, landowners and other stakeholders to implement the initiatives set out in Plan Melbourne and coordinate the structure planning for new precincts.

Information about the Authority can be found at their website:

Review of Plan Melbourne

The State Government has committed to ‘refreshing’ Plan Melbourne, to ‘ensure it accurately reflects community and expert priorities and advice’. This follows the change of State Government in late 2014 and issues about the matters included and excluded from the final Plan.

The State Government website indicates, ‘A transparent and consultative review process will produce a renewed Plan Melbourne that provides the long-term vision for Victoria's growing population. This will include identifying further housing opportunities and alternatives, increasing jobs and improving liveability, dealing with a changing climate, integrating public transport and supporting infrastructure investment.’

The State website also says, ‘The Ministerial Advisory Committee (The Committee) charged with informing the original draft Plan has been reconvened to address a number of issues and matters omitted from Plan Melbourne.’ The Committee has already started its work and is due to provide its initial advice to the Minister in June 2015.

Council's submission to Plan Melbourne - December 2013

The State Govenment called for public feedback on the draft plan in November and December 2013. Council sought feedback from the Yarra community, including holding a community information session in mid-November, to help inform it's submission.

Council endorsed its submission to Plan Melbourne at its meeting on Tuesday 3 December. A copy of Council's submission can be viewed below:

pdf format Yarra Submission to Draft Metropolitan Planning Strategy (153.24 KB)

In summary, Council's submission outlines a number of positive aspects of the draft strategy including:

  • The objective of integrating of land use, transportation and economic development;
  • The objective of clearly defining areas for change;
  • The emphasis on promoting housing diversity;
  • Protection and enhancement of waterways, including addressing development issues along the Yarra River;
  • Creating a fixed Urban Growth Boundary;
  • Protection of agricultural land;
  • Greater protection of the character of neighbourhood centres;
  • Acknowledging the value of open space, new funding opportunities and the need for an overarching metropolitan open space plan; and
  • Support for a development contribution system and other funding options.

Of concern for Council was a lack of strategic basis to support the identification of Urban Renewal Areas (URAs). The URAs could compromise future employment and economic development opportunities in Yarra by giving priority to residential development at the expense of current and future business opportunities.

In its submission, Council also expressed its support for investment in public transport and reiterated its opposition to the previous State Government's East West Road Link.

Council also noted that environmental sustainability topics like climate change adaptation, heat island effect and peak oil are not addressed in the draft strategy.


Further information
Sherry Hopkins
Coordinator - Strategic Planning
9205 5374


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