Planning for Future Melbourne Growth – East or West?

Posted on June 5th, by Kathryn Kutchel in Events, Melbourne, News, Town Planning, Urban Development.

Housing development and infrastructure construction seems to be a permanent addition to the Melbournian skyscape no matter where you look now as the opportunity to develop mounts. But an ongoing debate questions whether the North-West corridor will be the leader of the boom, or if the Eastern suburbs will move to accommodate unprecedented growth rates. The recent VPELA seminar, ‘The Future Growth of Melbourne – East or West?’ addressed the finer points of this debate and provided the town planners in attendance with key insights into current growth patterns.

The VPELA Future Growth Seminar had many town planners taking note of Melbourne's potential development patterns.

The VPELA Future Growth Seminar had many town planners taking note of Melbourne’s potential development patterns.

The event discussed where the growth of Melbourne will be best placed in the future and where it has been focused in the past by using failed and successful examples from around Melbourne. “The speakers gave great insight into how the whole state will ultimately play a vital role in accommodating the future growth of Melbourne (east and west, middle-ring suburbs and regional areas).” Said Taylors Town Planner, Magdaline Loizou.

The main discussion points of the night can be seen below:

  1. Melbourne’s middle suburban ring has the fastest jobs growth and lowest density for housing.
  2. ‘Plan Melbourne’ will continue the legacy of previous strategic plans which have succeeded in facilitating more density along key transit corridors.
  3. Victoria has a competitive advantage over other states in accommodating growth within regional towns with great connectivity to Melbourne.
  4. The future of Melbourne’s ‘growth’ is ultimately in the less constrained west and north.
  5. Previous strategic plans have succeeded in facilitating more density along key transit corridors with ‘Plan Melbourne’ to continue to do so.
  6. Mapping shows Melbourne’s inner ring of suburbs (particularly in the east) is the lowest facilitator of residential growth but has the highest jobs growth. A suburb like Ashburton in Melbourne’s east should be doing far more to accommodate growth.
  7. Roll out of future western projects need to continue the jobs growth legacy of the past – focus on employment growth in the west.
  8. Western middle ring suburbs have and will continue to be attractive for investment and jobs growth.
  9. Four key objectives for Victoria:
    • More housing choice in and around Melbourne’s CBD
    • As above in established suburbs with jobs and services hubs
    • Release the infrastructure growth pipeline
    • Unlock the regional cities and towns

Taylors are currently on board with multiple development projects around the greater Melbourne area, and we’ll continue to share our expertise far and wide to ensure that sufficient and sustainable development continues for our state.

To see what developments we’re a part of and if the future growth of Melbourne is extending in your direction, head to our Projects page.