Melbourne is on track to become Australia’s largest city, with a projected population of up to 7.7 million by 2051 requiring construction of up to 1.6 million new homes and creation of 1.7 million jobs. The scale of this expected growth requires vision and strategic long term planning to identify land for businesses, homes, transport links and open space for parks and sports facilities.
The Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) was launched in October 2013 to plan for Melbourne’s growth, maintain a steady supply of quality housing and identify opportunities to create jobs and encourage investment to make sure Melbourne continues to be rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. This includes setting out the delivery of new roads, public transport, schools, and other infrastructure for the future, as well as considering how to make the best use of unused and underused land.
Working closely with Councils, State Government departments and agencies, and other key stakeholders across Melbourne, the MPA is planning for strategically important precincts and projects, encouraging design excellence and innovation. The MPA is also working to maximise capacity and potential of identified employment clusters and activity centres to encourage business and jobs growth.