Planning Melbourne

Lessons for a Sustainable City

November 2016
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    28th November 2016
  • ISBN 9780643104723
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images 10 photos & 17 illus

Melbourne has had the fastest-growing population of any Australian capital city for more than a decade. It is expanding outward while also growing upward through vast new high-rise developments in the inner suburbs. With an estimated 1.6 million additional homes needed by 2050, planners and policymakers need to address current and emerging issues of amenity, function, productive capacity and social cohesion today.

Planning Melbourne reflects on planning since the post-war era, but focuses in particular on the past two decades and the ways that key government policies and influential individuals and groups have shaped the city during this time. The book examines past debates and policies, the choices planners have faced and the mistakes and sound decisions that have been made. Current issues are also addressed, including housing affordability, transport choices, protection of green areas and heritage and urban consolidation. If Melbourne’s identity is to be shaped as a prospering, socially integrated and environmentally sustainable city, a new approach to governance and spatial planning is needed and this book provides a call to action.

* Uses a single-city focus to address widely applicable current debates in urbanization, governance and planning
* Analyzes Melbourne's historical strategic policies to critique contemporary planning issues
* Reviews Melbourne's spatial planning system, with a focus on strategic land-use planning

Chapter 1: City Growth, Sustainability And Planning
Chapter 2: State-Led Planning In Twentieth-Century Melbourne
Chapter 3: The Emergence Of A Neoliberal Era In Planning
Chapter 4: Aspirational Planning In The 2000s
Chapter 5: Housing Provision And Affordability In Melbourne
Chapter 6: Containing The City: Urban Consolidation In Melbourne
Chapter 7: Protecting Melbourne’s Green Belt And Peri-Urban Area
Chapter 8: Transport Choices For Melbourne
Chapter 9: Shopping And Community Centres In Melbourne
Chapter 10: Valuing And Protecting Heritage, Amenity And Design Quality
Chapter 11: The Melbourne Land-Use Planning System
Chapter 12: The Need For Action

Michael Buxton

Michael Buxton is an Emeritus Professor at RMIT University and is former head of RMIT Planning and Environment. He has published more than 80 refereed papers, books, book chapters and monographs, including Planning Melbourne (CSIRO Publishing, 2016). He has led 20 major research projects, mainly on peri-urban issues and urban form. He formerly held senior positions in local, regional and state governments.

Robin Goodman

Robin Goodman is Professor and Deputy Dean of Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University. She was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT and has been an active researcher and academic for 20 years, writing extensively on planning policy, housing and urban form.

Susie Moloney

Susie Moloney is a senior research fellow and lecturer with the School of Global Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. She has worked as a planning academic, strategic planning consultant and in the Victorian Government. She has published on planning policy and a wide range of environmental issues.