In 2008 two integrated policy statements were released, Melbourne 2030: a planning update - Melbourne @ 5 million and The Victorian Transport Plan. These documents provided a long-term plan for managing Melbourne's growth and outlined a number of initiatives to ensure that the city remained liveable and sustainable.
Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities was a culmination of work focused on land use, transport and environmental initiatives. It took an integrated approach to land use and transport planning so that infrastructure and essential services are delivered as new communities in the growth areas of Melbourne are developed.
Initiatives being delivered as part of Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities are:
- A review of the Urban Growth Boundary
- An alignment for the Regional Rail Link
- An alignment for the Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Transport Corridor
- Establishment and management of the proposed grassland reserves in Melbourne's west.
This policy was informed by a number of separate but interlinked documents, including independent advice and specialist reports for the Urban Growth Boundary and transport projects, and a Strategic Impact Assessment Report to meet the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The planning elements required for these projects are contained in Amendment VC68 (July 2010)
Download Melbourne's newest sustainable communities report
- Foreword and How you can comment (PDF, 910.3 KB)
- Part 1 Setting the scene, Part 2 Next steps (PDF, 353.4 KB)
- Part 2 Chapter 3 Assessment of Investigation Areas (pages 17 to 28) (PDF, 174.1 KB)
- Part 2 Chapter 4 Melbourne West Investigation Area - Wyndham Growth Area (pages 29 to 37) (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Part 2 Chapter 5 Melbourne West Investigation Area - Melton-Caroline Springs Growth Area (pages 38 to 48) (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Part 2 Chapter 6 Melbourne North Investigation Area - Sunbury (pages 49 to 57) (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- Part 2 Chapter 7 Melbourne North Investigation Area - Hume-Mitchell-Whittlesea Growth Area (pages 58 to 70) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Part 2 Chapter 8 Melbourne South-East Investigation Area - Casey-Cardinia Growth Area (pages 71 to 78) (PDF, 1.9 MB)
- Part 3 Chapters 9 and 10 Assessment of Transport Corridors (pages 79 to 86) (PDF, 134.0 KB)
- References (PDF, 48.6 KB)
- Accessible Word version - Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities report (DOC, 330.0 KB)
Where can I find more information?
Download the Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities brochure:
- Delivering Melbourne's Newest Sustainable Communities Brochure (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Delivering Melbourne's Newest Sustainable Communities - Accessible Version (updated 27 July 2010) (DOC, 69.0 KB)
View the maps indicating the land identified as potentially suitable for urban development and non-urban land:
- Melbourne Map (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 953.9 KB)
- Land Use and Transport Initiatives - Melbourne's North (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 600.1 KB)
- Land Use Initiatives - Melbourne's South-East (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 570.6 KB)
- Land Use and Transport Initiatives - Sunbury (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 557.3 KB)
- Land Use and Transport Initiatives - Melbourne's West (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 1005.0 KB)
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Amendment VC68 expanded Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary, and put in place Public Acquisition Overlays for the proposed 15,000 hectare native grassland reserve, the Regional rail Link and the Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Transport Corridor.
Read the advisory note:
- Advisory Note 30: Amendment VC68 - Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities, August 2010 (PDF, 220.9 KB)
- View the Amendment VC68 information and planning scheme documents in Amendments Online
View the zoning maps:
- Melbourne's North - Zoning Map (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Melbourne's South-East - Zoning Map (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 965.8 KB)
- Sunbury - Zoning Map (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 932.0 KB)
- Melbourne's West - Zoning Map (updated 27 July 2010) (PDF, 1.9 MB)
View the local planning schemes:
The Strategic Impact Assessment is an assessment of the impacts arising from an expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary, the Regional Rail Link and the Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Transport Corridor on matters covered by the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Strategic Impact Assessment seeks to identify appropriate mitigation measures for any impacts of these initiatives on matters of national environmental significance.
On 2 February 2010, the Commonwealth Government represented by the Minister for the Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts endorsed the program covering the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary and the alignments for the Regional Rail Link and the Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Transport Corridor.
To enable the program of urban development to occur, the Commonwealth Minister approved actions for the development of Section 2 of the Regional Rail Link (west of Werribee to Deer Park) and the 28 precincts within the current Urban Growth Boundary.
The Commonwealth Minister also approved prescriptions for the Golden Sun Moth, Natural Temperate Grassland, Matted Flax-lily, Striped Legless Lizard, Spiny Rice-flower, Grassy Eucalypt Woodland, Growling Grass Frog, Southern Brown Bandicoot and migratory species. These prescriptions will be used in the approval of precinct structure plans, transport infrastructure, extractive industries and the development approvals within the program.
The key outcomes are:
- Simplified State and Commonwealth biodiversity approvals for the program early in the planning cycle.
- Increased certainty and reduced cost for development proposals where they meet the conditions of the approvals.
- A ready supply of native vegetation and species offsets that developers will purchase from the Government.
- A commitment by the Victorian Government to enhanced protection of a network of key biodiversity values that are retained inside the Urban Growth Boundary.
- Advance mitigation of the impacts of clearing biodiversity values.
- Strict adherence to the principles and standards required under Victoria's native vegetation policy framework and species regulations.
- A commitment to monitoring and full public reporting on the implementation of the Program and its approval conditions under the Commonwealth legislation.
The Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution is an essential component of the Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities program.
The Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution will deliver revenue that will help pay for essential State infrastructure and services in the new growth area communities. It will also enable the infrastructure to be delivered sooner. It is estimated that revenue from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution will account for up to 15 per cent of the total cost of new State infrastructure.
The Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution will only apply to land brought into the existing growth areas since November 2005, and to all land within the new Urban Growth Boundary that is zoned for urban development (i.e. the Urban Growth Zone in the new areas).
The mechanism to secure this revenue is set out in the Planning and Environment Amendment (Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution) Act 2010.
Contribution rates and operational responsibility
The annually adjusted Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) rate is published on this website by 1 June, effective 1 July of each year.
A public consultation process informed the development of Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities.
The Public Consultation Final Report on Submissions outlines how submissions were considered, where changes were made to the proposals and a summary of issues raised and the response to those issues.
Download the Public Consultation Final Report on Submissions:
- Public Consultation Final Report on Submissions - Accessible version (DOC, 221.0 KB)
- Public Consultation Final Report on Submissions - Pages 1-16 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Public Consultation Final Report on Submissions - Pages 17-28 (PDF, 843.2 KB)
- Public Consultation Final Report on Submissions - Pages 29-35 (PDF, 1.7 MB)