Plan Melbourne 2017 - 2050

Metropolitan planning strategy
11 March 2017

Melbourne is one of the world’s most distinctive, liveable cities. It is a marvellous place, made— and remade—by the work of generations of Victorians.

It is now the turn of this generation of Victorians to remake Melbourne in their image. The challenge is clear. How do we ensure Melbourne remains not just liveable, but sustainable and accessible? How do we ensure our suburbs develop jobs and services? How do we ensure that the Melbourne that was founded in the 19th century and renewed in the second half of the 20th century continues to flourish in the 21st century?

Plan Melbourne seeks to answer those questions. It is our plan to manage growth in the city and suburbs to the year 2050. It seeks to integrate long-term land use, infrastructure and transport planning, and, in doing so, meet the city’s future environmental, population, housing and employment needs. 

It is a document of transformational ideas and generational aspiration. It is a document designed to manage, adapt to and harness change for the social, economic and environmental benefit of future generations of Victorians.

Plan Melbourne is a long-term plan to accommodate Melbourne’s future growth in population and employment. It includes:

  • 9 principles that underpin a long-term vision for Melbourne
  • 7 outcomes to drive Melbourne as a competitive, liveable and sustainable city
  • 32 directions setting out how these outcomes can be achieved
  • 90 policies outlining how each outcome will be approached, delivered and achieved

A separate five-year implementation plan has been developed as a companion document to Plan Melbourne. The Implementation Plan sets out how Plan Melbourne will be delivered, with particular focus on the short-term actions essential for successful implementation. More information on the Implementation Plan, including the governance framework and metropolitan regions, is available in the Implementation chapter at the end of this document

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic), 2017, Plan Melbourne 2017 - 2050, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic), viewed 26 April 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/74417>.

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