Local priorities at forefront of Plan for Victoria submission


Local priorities at forefront of Plan for Victoria submission

Hobsons Bay City Council has made its submission to the state government’s Plan for Victoria, which will set the path for the state’s growth and development to 2050.

The Victorian Government invited councils to make submissions as part of engagement on the new state-wide strategy on how land should be used over the next 30 years.

Council’s submission focused on the priorities of our local community and addressed four pillars of the plan. Highlights of our submission include:

Housing affordability and choice

  • Actively involve local government in setting any future housing targets for the municipality.

  • Factor in known opportunities and barriers to housing growth, such as environmental and market constraints, and consider liveability and amenity.

  • Deliver mandatory affordable housing requirements and recognise the important role of local government in the delivery and support for affordable housing, including the role of affordable housing trusts.

Equity and jobs

  • Include a vision that supports the growth of manufacturing industries as well as the development of new and emerging industries in Hobsons Bay.

  • Include a vision that recognises the role of smaller businesses and activity centres and responds to changes to how and where people work.

Liveable and thriving neighbourhoods

  • Support improvements in air quality and carefully consider the impacts of industry on the amenity of existing and future communities.

  • Recognise the importance of heritage places and spaces to thriving communities and neighbourhoods.

  • Clearly articulate transport priorities and support investment and delivery of more sustainable transport options.

  • Recognise the importance of streetscape and local movement networks on the health and liveability of communities.

Sustainable environments and climate action

  • Recognise the impacts that coastal inundation and sea level rise will have on future communities and include clear direction on how to respond.

  • Support land use planning and a built environment that addresses the urban heat island effect and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Identify and plan for important environmental assets that require protection and enhancement.

Our submission seeks to ensure local issues are on the Victorian Government’s agenda and sets the stage for continual collaboration between Council and the Department of Transport and Planning as its progresses with this important project.

The submission was endorsed by Council at its meeting on 11 June 2024.

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