Planning policy steps up for walking23 May 2014
A Ministerial Advisory Committee has recommended an overhaul of the state policy in the planning scheme - and it's good news for walking.
Some highlights include:
- A new policy section specific to walking and planning for it as a transport mode
- Promoting high density development around train stations and accommodating most new houses in established suburbs within walking distance of train or tram stops.
- Directing office and retail development to town and suburban centres
- Providing walking and cycling infrastructure in all major road projects.
Some of the changes in relation to car parking are a bit disappointing, but generally it's a big win for walking.
Victoria Walks has prepared a submission applauding the proposals and suggesting ways to make planning policy even better.