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Melbourne 2030

VCAT Exposed

Protecting the Things We Value about Our Suburb - MEG supports PLANNING BACKLASH

Five Flaws of Melbourne 2030

  1. M2030 is not evidence-based. Implicit in the population predictions is a broad band of uncertainty and the uncertain predictions have been converted to hard targets.
  2. The plan is based on a philosophy of ‘one size fits all’. Local governments are required to develop policies and strategies that will ‘fit into’ M2030 rather than develop policies and strategies that will suit the local character.
  3. One of the ‘Key Initiatives’ of M2030 is to protect the character of established residential areas and ensure that increased densities will not be achieved at the expense of existing amenity (p. 9). With 121 Listed Activity Centres and approximately 900 Neighborhood Activity Centres and increased density allowed within 400m of each centre this ‘Key Initiative’ cannot be achieved.
  4. Direction 7 ‘A Greener City’ does not even mention the retention of canopy trees or the planting of canopy trees.
  5. M2030 aims to increase the use of public transport from 9% to 20% by 2020. Given the dismal state of Public Transport in this city this aim is based on vain hope rather than any practical issue. The assumption of such an increase (indeed of any increase at all) is predicated on the theory that there will be attitudinal and behavioural changes. This is not supported by research.

Further Comments

Underlying the document is the false assumption that people will do what planners think they should do and it ignores what they actually do.

While the Government pursues the goal of urban consolidation, we watch the systematic destruction of the valued attributes of our suburbs. Suburban streetscapes are being altered by the proliferation of boundary to boundary, treeless, soulless, concrete constructions (‘prison images&rsquo) and these bleak constructions are becoming the ‘new&rsquo neighborhood character. Space for people is being lost and the garden character, for which we were once renowned, is fast disappearing. Simultaneously, we are losing the pollution-absorbing qualities of canopy trees.

Subsidisation of decentralization, both within the metropolitan area and in regional Victoria, is a practical solution to the problem presented by having more and more people in the State but there is no suggestion of this either in M2030 or in any of its supporting documents or in the reams of 'information' about it. Is such a solution too simple for ‘planners?’