The biggest development project in Australia today is the creation of Melbourne’s newest suburbs. Over the next 20 years this will see the sustainable development of housing, employment and leisure spaces for a population double the size of Canberra. The Victorian Government’s implementation of Planning Scheme Amendment VC68, the creation of Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), and a streamlined growth area planning process are necessary to ensure that Melbourne’s newest suburbs will be both affordable and sustainable.
However, we need to recognise that as Melbourne grows, growth area planning must evolve to meet the changing requirements of people in the 21st century in Australia. This includes meeting the ongoing shifts in community structure, with total households being comprised of changing proportions of families, couples, singles and other household types.