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Changes to planning may spell disaster

By Staff Reporter
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Planning in Victoria may be up for yet another change, according to recent endorsements.

Responding to claims made by Labor planning spokesman Brian Tee in The Age over the weekend, planning minister Matthew Guy said that the endorsement of the plan to reinstate Melbourne 2030 will undermine the property market.

"Daniel Andrews is now endorsing the reinstatement of Melbourne 2030, a tired ten year old failed Labor planning policy that saw hundreds of inappropriate developments built right across the metropolitan area," Mr Guy said.

"To reinstate it would spell disaster for neighbourhood character in Melbourne and would undermine all the work the Victorian Coalition Government has done to bring community views back in to urban planning."

He said that the Melbourne 2030 plan saw hundreds of apartment blocks being built across Melbourne’s metropolitan area, and ignored inappropriateness and location.

"Melbourne 2030's return would be a disaster. It would wind back mandatory controls the Coalition Government has implemented in Boronia, parts of Boroondara, Port Melbourne and most concerning, would scrap the new Neighbourhood Residential Zone.

"The Neighbourhood Residential Zone will once and for all provide mandatory height and subdivision controls that will limit development in neighbourhood areas. To scrap this zone in a return to the one-size-fits-all approach of the Melbourne 2030 policy would be disastrous for our urban landscape and for neighbourhood character," he said.

Development in the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal area would also be rolled back, resulting in hundreds of new high density apartments further into Melbourne’s city.

"The Fishermans Bend urban renewal has the ability to greatly assist in taking the pressure off our existing urban areas. To roll it back would push hundreds of new, inappropriate high density developments into the suburbs of Melbourne," Mr Guy said.

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