The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Hume City Council have released the draft Greater Broadmeadows framework plan, a blueprint for the suburb’s urban renewal.
The plan was created after two years of extensive scoping and consultation with stakeholders and members of the public.
It identifies major transport and infrastructure projects designed to spur Greater Broadmeadows’ growth.
This includes transforming the town centre by making it more pedestrian friendly, improving cycle connections, creating more diverse housing and redeveloping the Loop Road block.
The aim is for the Broadmeadows town centre to become a more vibrant, activated space that is a great place to live, work and gather.
Another significant proposal of the plan consists of transforming the Meadowlink strategic priority area into a thriving, 20-minute neighbourhood.
This area consists of 60 hectares of land located to the north of the future Meadowlink cycle network (see map on pg 4 of the plan).
While this area was traditionally a manufacturing and warehousing hub, the departure of major businesses such as Yakka and Ericsson provide opportunities for renewal, including for diverse housing, community facilities and jobs.
As well as proposals for the town centre and the Meadowlink strategic priority area, the plan also highlights other areas that would benefit from long-term renewal.
This includes the Maygar Barracks site, the Campbellfield business hub and the Upfield Ford site.
The draft plan has been released for comment until 26 May. After that time, the VPA will finalise the plan then submit it to Hume City Council and the Minister for Planning for approval.
For more information on the plan, click here.
Quotes attributable to VPA Acting Chief Executive, Steve Dunn:
“Melbourne is Australia’s fastest growing city, and it is important we create more homes, jobs and community facilities to accommodate our new and existing residents.”
“Broadmeadows already has so much key infrastructure and with the right planning and investment, we are sure the suburb will become a powerhouse of Melbourne’s north.”