Planning Melbourne
Lessons for a Sustainable City

Paper: 978 0 643 10472 3 / $45.00
Published: November 2016  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
192 pp., 6 5/8" x 9 5/8"
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

Table of Contents:
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