Docklands planning control handed to City of Melbourne


Docklands [Source: Wikimedia]

The Age reports that the City of Melbourne will be handed planning control of all developed parts of the Docklands, while VicUrban, the government’s development agency, will continue to have planning authority for all areas yet to be developed.

Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle welcomed the transfer of planning control as an opportunity to help integrate the waterfront precinct with the rest of Melbourne and improve residential amenities including additional community facilities, a new library and facilitating retail growth.

However, there are a number of challenges in achieving these aims; establishing meaningful connectivity across Wurundjeri Way is difficult, while the public realm suffers from a lack of activation at ground level due to blank facades. Commenting on the Docklands, Kim Dovey, a professor of architecture and urban design at Melbourne University, said:

”[Docklands] was never conceived with public interest to the fore, it was an experiment in privatisation of urban planning and I think that the recognition that that has to be redressed is a good one.”


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