Central City Boundaries Set to Expand Beyond Traditional Hoddle Grid: Melbourne’s New Planning Policy

CENTRAL Melbourne is set to expand under a new proposal by the Baillieu liberal government.

Dubbed the “Grand CBD” proposal, planning minister Matthew Guy introduced the policy last week. It aims to transform the city into a “Manhattan-style metropolis” five times its present size.

Melbourne’s tallest buildings will be permitted to rise from what are currently factories around Fishermans Bend, a pocket of Port Melbourne, south-east of the CBD, or in an area defined as E-gate, north of Docklands and between the Southern Cross and North Melbourne train station (which is actually in West Melbourne). Using a new Capital City Zone, height restrictions will be abolished.

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High Density Housing Here to Stay as Bligh Government Releases South East Queensland Regional Plan

Anna BlighQUEENSLAND’s Bligh Government has identified Brisbane including Chermside, Indooroopilly and Cleveland as “high density development” areas, as part of a plan to stop urban sprawl.

The government’s new South East Queensland Regional Plan (link to the report below) has been released, in an attempt to cope with the areas expected surge in population from 2.8 million today, to 4.4 million in 2031.

The plan calls for 138,000 of the 156,000 additional new homes requirement in Brisbane, to be developed within existing growth boundaries, and alongside existing housing.

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Another Developer Demolishes Heritage Melbourne Home, Then Lists Block For Sale

THEY came, they saw, they conquered – and now they are selling up.

The list of developers putting vacant blocks on the market after demolishing the period homes that stood there has grown.

This time, in Canterbury’s “Golden Mile”, builder AXF Developments is selling a cleared 2330 square metre site at the corner of ritzy Mont Albert Road and Wentworth Avenue.

The site will be auctioned with a permit for a medium density apartment complex.

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Housing Industry Association Slams Victorian Government For Threatening Not to Expand the Urban Growth Boundary

The Housing Industry Association is pleased the Victorian Government’s unfair levy on new housing has been defeated in parliament, but is now calling on the Government to proceed with the expansion of Melbourne’s growth boundary or risk jeopardising the state’s land supply and affordability.

“It is disappointing that the Brumby Government is still holding the housing industry to ransom by threatening not to expand the Urban Growth Boundary,” HIA Victorian Executive Director Gil King said.

“This will seriously impact on the cost of land and housing. How can Premier John Brumby break his commitment to ensure adequate land supply into the future?”

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$778 Million Housing Estate Fast Tracked by Planning Minister, Bacchus Marsh

PLANNING Minister Justin Madden has “fast tracked” a massive 141 hectare housing estate in Melbourne’s north-west outskirts.

The $778 million Riverside Estate, in Bacchus Marsh, has been proposed by former Victorian Football League player Stewart Gull and will include 1500 homes.

Being outside of metropolitan Melbourne, homes in the project are eligible for a taxpayer funded regional first-home buyers grant of $4,500 for supporting regional development.

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New Victorian Urban Growth Boundary Proposed: Government Statements and Fast Facts

The public and community have been invited to make submissions on the proposed changes to Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) flagged last December in the Brumby Labor Government’s Melbourne @ 5 Million strategy.

Planning Minister Justin Madden today released the draft UGB as part of the Brumby Labor Government’s Delivering Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Communities package.

The draft UGB also incorporates the proposed alignment of the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road, proposed alignment of the Regional Rail Link and the creation of two new grassland protected areas in Melbourne’s west.

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