Builders are allowed to exceed density limits however provided that they offset their growth with a public advantage of some kind, equivalent to outside open area.
Nevertheless, the Opposition Chief stated Labor’s coverage had constricted development, leading to fewer properties being constructed and extra folks being priced out of the rental market.
Business figures additionally counsel that solely 4 metropolis buildings have been accredited underneath the coverage because it was launched.
“The federal government can put all of the spin they need round leases, the fact is when there are fewer leases out there, the worth will rise,” Mr Man stated. “I fear about folks being priced out.”
Eradicating the federal government’s C270 planning controls may end in a resurgence of skyscrapers throughout the internal metropolis skyline.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne stated the foundations had been launched “to forestall Matthew Man’s imaginative and prescient of a concrete jungle of skyscrapers and massive pay day for builders hurting Melbourne”.
However Victorian Property Council government director Cressida Wall welcomed the Opposition Chief’s stance, saying his “preparedness to revisit C270 planning controls is of big profit to town of Melbourne, the financial efficiency of our CBD, and in the end our state”.
With three weeks till the ballot, Mr Man’s legacy as planning minister underneath the Baillieu and Napthine governments, is prone to come underneath rising scrutiny.
The 44-year-old MP was dubbed “Mr Skyscraper” for his enthusiasm in granting permits for high-rise towers. However whereas some lamented this on the time, Mr Man argued his goal was to spice up productiveness and guarantee extra folks may reside within the internal metropolis.
“There have been extra cranes within the sky [in Melbourne] after I was planning minister than Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and Perth mixed,” he advised The Age this week.
Requested how he may very well be sure, he replied: “I do know this. They had been added up.”
One in every of Mr Man’s most contentious planning choices was the rezoning of a 24-hectare web site at Ventnor close to Cowes, which initially went towards the suggestions of his personal planning division, the division’s legal professionals, the native Bass Coast shire, and two unbiased planning panels.
He ultimately backflipped amid a widespread backlash, triggering courtroom motion and a confidential out-of-court compensation fee price tens of millions of .
Nevertheless, when requested this week if he had any regrets about Ventnor – a difficulty that Labor sought to reignite this 12 months to undermine his credibility – Mr Man stated: “In no way”.
He stated the difficulty had been an “obsession of 1 or two journalists” however inside Liberal analysis prompt it didn’t resonate with the broader public.
Requested, then, why he modified his thoughts on the choice, he replied: “As a result of it grew to become contentious. And if issues grow to be contentious it’s important to reply to the temper of the second.”
Farrah Tomazin is an Investigative Reporter for The Age, with pursuits in politics, social justice, and authorized affairs.