Monday, 2 January 2012

Victoria What is the UGB Urban Growth Boundary ?

Victoria What is the UGB Urban Growth Boundary

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)


The Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) indicates the long-term limits of urban development and where non-urban values and land uses should prevail in metropolitan Melbourne.

UGB fact sheet

Independent assessment process for possible expansion of urban growth boundary in growth areas

Planning Minister Matthew Guy has acted quickly on the Victorian Coalition Government commitment to address metropolitan land supply shortages by announcing an independent process. The process will determine possible urban growth boundary (UGB) inclusions stemming from a review of the 2009 boundary changes.

The process will examine what are known as 'logical' boundary inclusions and is one of the key planning election promises the Coalition committed to before the 2010 election.

pistamp-intext"I have established a clear and fair process involving the Growth Areas Authority (GAA) and an independent advisory committee to consider the logical inclusion of properties within Melbourne's UGB," Mr Guy said.

The GAA will review the merits of land submissions already submitted to the 2009 Urban Growth Boundary review; and after a process of assessment the authority will refer submissions to a new Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee for final determination.

For land to be considered as a logical inclusion, strict criteria will apply and projects must meet particular standards, the details of which will be available on the DPCD website. The Coalition Government will appoint a probity auditor to oversee this process from start to finish.

The process will apply to the Wyndham, Melton, Hume, Whittlesea, Mitchell, Casey and Cardinia growth area councils only.

Mr Guy said the timing of this new process will depend on the number of properties to be assessed and the timetabling of the advisory committee hearing process.
"It is only fair that proponents, local councils and neighbouring property owners all have an opportunity to make comment and appear before the advisory committee if they desire.
"The assessment process and associated public hearings will be subject to a probity audit to ensure fairness and transparency," Mr Guy said.
Following the review of submissions, the advisory committee will have four weeks in which to submit its advice and recommendations to the Minister for him to then determine the number of logical inclusion of properties within the UGB.
Further information about the advisory committee hearings will be available at
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Anger at Bangholme rezone proposal


A GREENS politician has taken a shot at Greater Dandenong Council in Parliament over a proposal to rezone protected land in Bangholme.

Last week, Northern Metropolitan MLC Greg Barber said a suggestion at a November council meeting to rezone green wedge land in Harwood Rd, had been put forward without “the usual public consultation and range of other steps required by the (planning) minister’s process”.

Ahead of the November 14 meeting, council officers had recommended four small parcels of land for rezoning after Planning Minister Matthew Guy invited councils to submit land “anomalies” for consideration.

During the meeting, Cr Peter Brown successfully moved to include the Harwood Rd land for consideration.

He later told Leader there had been consultation and strong recommendations in 2003, from the then-planning minister, for this land to be rezoned.

But Mr Barber said a proposal to rezone an area of land that was more than 3sq km would normally never happen without a full-blown planning process.

“There’s no way we could call that an anomaly,” he said.
“It’s now up to the state council and minister as to whether this be processed and considered, but I’d suggest to him not.
“This process was not designed to deal with major rezoning of green land, it’s designed to look at minor anomalies. I know some councils haven’t put up anything at all.”
As reported by Leader last month, Bangholme Rural Landowners Association president Alan Hood had called for an inquiry into the council because of the Bangholme proposal and said this had made the councillors “hot potatoes”.
“This is a disgraceful example of departing from due process,” he said.


YOUR SAY: Time running out for green wedge rezoning

LAND bankers are running out of time to have protected land in Greater Dandenong rezoned.
As reported by Leader in July, Planning Minister Matthew Guy left the door ajar for councils to hack up the green wedge to ease the housing crush.
But it’s unlikely there will be a boundary shift with only two regular council meetings left before the November 28 deadline.

This could also spell the end for an Indian community bid to build an aged care facility at a property on Hutton Rd.

A trust made up of Cambodian and Indian shareholders bought the 86 hectare block in March.

Leader reported that the Indian investors had agreed to hand over some land for a facility.
But Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria president Vasan Srinivasan remains confident - with a bit of divine intervention - his community will get the facility it needs.
“The power currently lies with the 11 councillors, if they decide to proceed with this, God has given us the green light,” he said.

Mr Srinivasan also rejected claims that the Mr Guy was named patron of the aged care project.
A bulletin posted on the FIAV’s website stated: “Planning Minster, Hon. Mathew Guy voiced his special interest to assist the FIAV with the Multicultural Community Centre and the Aged Care centre. The Minister also accepted the role as patron for the project.”
Puzzled at the claims, a spokesman for the minister said there had not been any agreements or commitments made.
The City of Casey

The City of Casey is a rapidly developing residential area located in the outer south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with large areas of land still allocated for urban development and surrounding rural areas. The City of Casey encompasses a total land area of about 400 square kilometres. Rural land is used mainly for grazing, horse agistment, market gardening, flower growing and open space/parklands.

Significant residential development did not occur in the City of Casey until the post-war years, beginning in Doveton in the 1950s, and then expanding to cover much of the northern half of the City. In the 1960s, the Berwick corridor was identified as one of Melbourne's growth corridors, with large areas around Cranbourne released for development in the 1980s.

Since then the City of Casey has been one of Australia's fastest growing areas, catering for a large proportion of Melbourne's fringe development. The population has nearly doubled in the last 15 years, rising from about 113,000 in 1991 to about 223,000 in 2006. The vast majority of recent growth has occurred in Narre Warren South, Berwick (South), Lynbrook - Lyndhurst, Cranbourne East and Cranbourne West.

Although the amount of remaining developable land in the Narre Warren South-Berwick area has been substantially exhausted, the pattern of population growth is expected to continue, with continuing development around Cranbourne, in particular the new release areas of West Cranbourne and the new suburb of Botanic Ridge, and the development of identified "greenfield" sites in Clyde North. Following the recent change in the Urban Growth Boundary, there is substantial potential for future growth, principally in the localities of Clyde-Clyde North.

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