Banyule City Council have joined forces with 23 other Victorian councils to push for more sustainable design in planning requirements.
“Local governments have long led work towards net zero carbon in new builds, but we need governments across all levels to work together if we want to create real change. We’ve got a plan to help our community get to zero emissions by 2040 and this is a big step towards that goal,” said Mayor Cr Elizabeth Nealy.
On July 21st, Council has lodged a planning scheme amendment with the State Government, seeking to introduce planning policy that elevates sustainability requirements for new buildings and encourages a move towards net zero carbon development.
Along with the amendment, Council has written to the new Minister for Planning Lizzie Blandthorn asking her to support the amendment and to acknowledge that the current planning requirements do not reflect the urgency needed to tackle climate change.
The amendment seeks to build on the current Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) requirements for new developments and in doing so, better protect the natural environment, reduce resource and energy consumption, and support the health and wellbeing of future occupants.
Strengthening its calls, Banyule has collaborated with councils from across the state, sharing the project with Ballarat, Bayside, Boroondara, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Bendigo, Greater Dandenong, Greater Geelong, Hobsons Bay, Knox, Maribyrnong, Mitchell, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Strathbogie, Warrnambool, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, and Yarra.
The 24 councils represent approximately half the Victorian population and planning activity.
After the State Government’s recent implementation of Stage 1 of its ESD Roadmap (by creating new planning policy objectives), Council sees this amendment as the next step in improving ESD requirements with detailed, measurable targets that will deliver meaningful outcomes in practice.
Cr Elizabeth Nealy, Mayor said Banyule was leading the way on tackling climate change with these real-world tangible actions.
“Banyule is thrilled to be joining with councils from across the state on this incredibly important work. Local governments have long led work towards net zero carbon in new builds, but we need governments across all levels to work together if we want to create real change. We’ve got a plan to help our community get to zero emissions by 2040 and this is a big step towards that goal”.
“Minister Blandthorn has an opportunity to set her agenda in the Planning portfolio and Banyule calls on her and her State colleagues to make ESD a key action item to help make net zero carbon in new builds a reality across Victoria,” Cr Nealy said.
Under the proposed changes, new developments would:
- Produce net zero carbon emissions.
- Reduce household bills by making buildings more energy efficient.
- Provide a healthier and more comfortable environment for building occupants.
- Better manage water quality, use and collection.
- Protect and enhance greening and biodiversity.
- Be more resilient to changing climate impacts.
We are undertaking this work as a member of the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE), supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).