Labor Will Take The Politics Out Of Planning

Brian Tee | 

An Andrews Labor Government will review the botched planning zones imposed on councils and allow communities to have their say.

The Napthine Government has distorted growth and planning by forcing intensive high-rise development in some areas, while locking up leafy Liberal suburbs.

Under Labor’s plan, new planning zones will be reviewed with a full report tabled in Parliament. The review will examine:

  • The Napthine Government’s consultation process
  • The role of Planning Minister Matthew Guy and his office in that process
  • Departmental advice on zone application and what weight is given to heritage, local character and the housing needs of the state
  • The impact of the zone changes on our suburbs
  • Alternative ways to meet our housing needs
  • How the zones can better fit within the framework outlined in Plan Melbourne

Quotes attributable to Mr Tee 

“The Liberals can’t say they support growth and development in Melbourne if they target suburbs based on their politics.” 

“Under the Liberals, local councils are getting trampled over, the community doesn’t have a say and some of our oldest and most vibrant neighbourhoods are facing the wrecking ball.” 

“Labor will take the politics out of planning. We’ll meet the housing needs of our future but we’ll take communities and councils with us.” 

Key Facts

  • Plan Melbourne, the Napthine Government’s vision for Melbourne to 2050, outlined the need for 1.6 million houses to keep pace with population growth.
  • The Napthine Government’s new zones were released before Plan Melbourne was released.

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