What is a Green Wedge?
The Western Port Green Wedge is one of Melbourne’s 12 Green Wedges. The Green Wedges are generally located on the outskirts of Melbourne outside the urban growth boundary and separate Melbourne’s growth areas. Green Wedges, unlike parks and open spaces, are active, living areas that include agriculture, areas of environmental significance and lifestyle living.
What is the Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan?
Why do we need the Plan?
Does the Plan propose further rural subdivision?
The initial draft Plan did propose some areas for increased levels of subdivision. The City of Casey consulted with the State Government about reducing minimum lot sizes to accommodate increased subdivision in the Green Wedge. The State Government and existing State Planning Policy do not support additional subdivision in the Green Wedge.
Local councils are required to prepare and adopt Green Wedge Management Plans. The support of the State Government and both Houses of Parliament would be needed to allow further subdivision in the Green Wedge. Therefore, despite the City of Casey’s efforts over several years to pursue increased subdivision in the Western Port Green Wedge, ultimately Council was required by the State to complete the Plan in a form that is consistent with State policy. Based on the clear feedback from the State Government, Council Officers removed the recommendations related to increased subdivision from the finalised Plan that has now been adopted by Council.