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The physical design of Australia’s new outer suburbs is leaving many of the most vulnerable urban residents poorly prepared for coming non-linear change. Suburbs are not adaptable to change, being characterised by car dependency, housing not sufficiently diverse or energy efficient, relatively few jobs, and inadequate services. This paper examines the governance failures which have led to this failure of planning in Melbourne’s growth areas. It shows that none of the objectives of the Victorian government’s Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines are being met and demonstrates how the design of residential areas and activity centres, and planning for movement and infrastructure can be improved. It evaluates five alternative governance arrangements as a means to improve the planning of growth areas. It argues that only radical change to current governance arrangements can prevent widening social inequity and institutionalised injustice.

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