Urban Growth Boundary
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The Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) is a planning tool that the State Government implemented to manage the growth of Melbourne. The UGB sets a clear boundary for the outward development of metropolitan Melbourne, as outlined in Melbourne 2030.
The UGB directs growth to areas where new development can be best serviced by existing and planned infrastructure and services. The UGB also protects valuable land from urban development, including ‘green wedges’ – areas with non-urban activity including agricultural and recreational uses, often with environmental and landscape value.
This growth will occur in the five designated growth areas (Wyndham, Casey-Cardinia, Hume, Melton-Caroline Springs and Whittlesea) on the fringe of Melbourne or through the designated activity centres and key redevelopment sites.
The UGB will safeguard land on the city's fringe needed for environment, farming and tourism such as our precious environmental assets on the Mornington Peninsula, or around the curfew-free Tullamarine Airport.
The specific location of the boundary can be viewed in more detail on planning scheme maps.
The UGB stretches across 17 municipalities and essentially follows the defined urban zones and growth strategies for the majority of urban areas in metropolitan Melbourne, and the Mornington Peninsula.
UGB Extension 2010
The Urban Growth Boundary was extended in Casey by 5,000ha on 6 August 2010 when the Minister for Planning approved Amendment VC68. The Growth Areas Authority then invited submissions to assist in the preparation of a Growth Area Framework Plan for the area with a closing date of 3 November 2010.
A copy of Council’s submission to the GAA is included below. The GAA intends to release a draft Plan for further public consultation in early 2011.
For further information, see
- Casey C21 - A vision for our future
- Melbourne 2030 website
- Casey Planning Scheme
- Growth Areas Authority