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Topic: Melbourne 2030
Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

A press report about a new urban fringe suburb plays to the stereotypes of sprawl but the critics seem to have little idea about what's really happening with new outer suburban developments

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Australia's capital cities are projected to grow strongly over the next 30-40 years. But metro strategic plans that can't imagine different futures won't cope with an uncertain outlook

Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

There are numerous calls to "de-politicise" strategic land use and infrastructure decisions by putting them at arm's length from state and local government politicians

Planning our cities: shouldn’t we expect better?

Planning our cities: shouldn’t we expect better?

The Baillieu government has released the discussion paper for its metropolitan strategy. It seems to 'tick the boxes' but it could've and should've been better.

What’s happened to the idea of the compact city?

What’s happened to the idea of the compact city?

Pending completion of the Government’s new urban strategy for Melbourne, the two major strategic planning documents that jointly guide the metropolitan area’s development – Melbourne 2030 and Melbourne @ 5 Million – are rich with rhetoric about the importance of directing development to established suburbs rather than the periphery. They also emphasise the desirability of […]

Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Yesterday I talked about what I thought the new Metropolitan Strategy for Melbourne should be. That was mostly ‘mothers milk’, so now I want to say something about the substance of the strategy – what it should do. I have (mostly) refrained from proposing specific policies or solutions, preferring instead to point out the key […]

Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has apparently told The Age that preparation of the Government’s promised metropolitan strategy has started and will be completed within two years. I’ve previously pointed out some of the areas where I think Melbourne 2030 was found wanting, so I’ll offer some thoughts on what the new strategy should be and […]

Is this a sensible comparison of cars and public transport?

Is this a sensible comparison of cars and public transport?

Many readers will have seen this now-ubiquitous chart before – it’s from Melbourne 2030 and has been republished countless times. It shows the proportion of metropolitan jobs accessible within 40 minutes travelling time from different parts of Melbourne by car and by public transport. I’ve never been happy with this chart because its simplicity is deceptive […]

What’s good (and bad) about greater diversity?

What’s good (and bad) about greater diversity?

A standard objective these days in high-level city strategic plans is greater diversity. It’s mentioned, for example, in Melbourne 2030, in the Committee for Melbourne’s Beyond 5 Million and in The Grattan Institute’s The Cities We Need (see graphic). The Grattan Institute says diversity is important because “many economists think that mixing of ethnicity, age, […]