Victorian Government – Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and Agricultural Land

The Victorian Government is seeking to reform the planning system to protect the long-term future of Melbourne’s agricultural land and guide decision making in the green wedges.

Consultation was open on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP’s) paper, Planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and Agricultural Land.

The consultation paper is available to view online

Submissions closed 5 February 2021

This important project will impact Nillumbik Shire Council and our residents, visitors, businesses, and industries including agriculture.

According to DELWP, some of Victoria’s most productive agricultural land is within 100km of central Melbourne.

“Melbourne’s green wedge and peri-urban areas also support Melbourne through biodiversity, recreation, tourism, open space, natural resources, heritage and landscape conservation, and critical infrastructure provision.

“Protecting the significant features and assets found in these areas is important for ongoing environmental, economic, cultural and health and wellbeing outcomes.

“Robust planning controls are needed to maintain the benefits provided by green wedge and peri-urban areas and manage land use to support long-term agricultural use that serves the needs of Melbourne’s growing population.”

Council has prepared its own submission and can be read here