Planning for the future

Land use and infrastructure planning go hand-in-hand to create the future we want.

Victoria's planning system

We need to plan for population growth, industry development and environmental sustainability. Only through careful and disciplined planning will the right infrastructure be in place where it is needed. Land use planning allows for the coordination and delivery of facilities, services and infrastructure in all sectors across the state.

Victoria’s planning system seeks to take full advantage of existing settlement patterns and guides decision-making for investments in transport, communication, water, sewerage and social facilities where they are needed.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050

Government’s overarching planning policy is Plan Melbourne, which provides the strategic direction for how Melbourne will grow over the next 35 years. It aims to support jobs, housing and transport needs, while also building on Melbourne’s liveability and sustainability. Plan Melbourne also draws strong linkages to regional Victoria and the actions needed to meet the needs of growing suburbs and changing demographics. It sets out how to increase the supply of all types of housing, close to where people work and where most of their daily needs can be met. Homes for Victorians also supports this approach and outlines multiple levers to help unlock the housing market.

Plan Melbourne includes planning for future state-shaping infrastructure, such as the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road and a third international airport in the South East of Victoria. The Victorian Infrastructure Plan also references these projects as part of future directions within each of nine industry sectors. These are significant projects that will deliver benefits for generations to come.

Managing growth

Planning enables the coordination of infrastructure projects and delivery across critical sectors at state, sub-regional and sub-metropolitan areas. In its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, Infrastructure Victoria identified increasing development, in established areas and around employment centres, as one of its top three priorities. While government supports this recommendation in principle, a balanced approach is needed to meet future housing needs, which can be achieved through development in a range of areas. These include urban renewal precincts, areas identified for residential growth, grey-field renewal (ageing or undercapitalised areas of inner or middle suburbs), employment and innovation clusters, and metropolitan activity centres. Growth areas will also continue to have a significant role to play in housing Melbourne’s growing population, through a sequenced and staged process to land release and infrastructure delivery.

The government has recently announced a number of initiatives to promote growth and increased liveability for regional Victorians. The First Home Owner Grant, which comes into effect on 1 July 2017, will double to $20,000 for those purchasing a home valued up to $750,000 in regional Victoria. This builds on the work of Plan Melbourne to deliver greater choice in housing in locations close to jobs and services. A review of residential zone changes and setting out the principles for increasing development opportunities in Melbourne’s inner and middle suburbs will make more space available for housing. Additionally, a Regional Rail Revival package worth $1.45 billion will see upgrades made on every regional line across Victoria. These, and other infrastructure service investments, will attract new skills and investment into regional Victoria and help to support its growing population.

Regional and metropolitan partnerships

Established regional and metropolitan partnerships provide Victorian regions the chance to come together as a community and directly advise government on local priorities. This process fosters stronger alliances and improved coordination between all levels of government, local business and community sectors. Additionally, reforms to the Local Government Act 1989 will modernise the relationship between state and local governments, to better reflect a shared responsibility for engaging with and delivering outcomes for local communities.

Established regional and metropolitan partnerships provide Victorian regions the chance to come together as a community and directly advise government on local priorities