A plan that gets hazier as 2030 gets closer

May 24, 2008

'GREAT idea, pity they never really tried to make it work." Will that be the consensus verdict on the State Government's metropolitan plan, Melbourne 2030, when the year 2030 comes around? Or in 2020, when greater Melbourne will have the million extra residents that the original version of the plan projected for 10 years later? The Government insists that it has not wavered in its resolve to implement 2030, which seeks to check Melbourne's costly and unsustainable sprawl by setting an urban growth boundary. In support of this objective of a more compact city, higher density housing is to be developed in designated "principal activity centres" along major transport corridors, and greater use of public transport is to be encouraged. On these three measures, however, implementation of 2030 has barely begun.