The Victorian State Government has released the Consultation Draft of Plan Melbourne, Melbourne’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy. Executive Chairman of MacroPlan, Brian Haratsis is a member of the Planning Minister’s Advisory Committee who was responsible for the preparation of the Strategy. Brian was the only economist amongst the group and has played a key role in thinking through how planning for Melbourne can be done in such a way to consider it as the pathway and tools to build a solid economy in Victoria. Although entitled “Plan Melbourne” it considers the relationship between city, peri urban and regional Victoria – a key to having all parts talking and to create greater opportunities.
The Draft Strategy is now open for public comment until 6 December, 2013.
MacroPlan's Victorian office is working closely with a number of clients to prepare submissions to Plan Melbourne pointing out key opportunities with regards to such things as:
- Public transport options and the development of key sites to create Transport Orientated Designed hubs
- Key urban renewal sites to deliver on the vision of better use of sites around employment and transport opportunities
- Airports and their roles as economic stimulators and hubs
- Location and partnerships of health providers to create health precincts.
Further details are available at the website: http://www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/.