Planning policy steps up for walking

23 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.