Cleaner Environments - Smarter Urban Renewal
The Cleaner Environments -- Smarter Urban Renewal reforms will help tackle the legacy of past pollution and generate local development and employment opportunities, while ensuring land continues to be redeveloped safely for the community.
Once implemented these reforms will make it:
- Easier to unlock the value of brownfield sites and return them to appropriate new uses.
- Cleaner in our environment, making redevelopment activity work to transform vacant, derelict or underutilised areas to new uses.
- Safer for Victorians, by better directing regulation and resources according to the level of risk and the proposed use of the land.
In 2014, the Victorian Government committed $2.47 million to implement the Cleaner Environments –Smarter Urban Renewal reform package, including support for councils to streamline decision making and facilitate local renewal of brownfield sites.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will work together on implementation of the reform package and its delivery in partnership with local government.
Cleaner Environments sets out key reform directions which:
- Improve safeguards for human health and the environment
- Reduce risk and costs for developers to stimulate investment in urban renewal
- Provide clear, workable roles and improved capacity
- Strengthen transparency, accountability and strategic risk management
The reforms will update planning and environment statutory instruments to create an integrated modern framework that is flexible and risk-based, providing greater clarity on the roles and responsibilities for state and local government, and improve guidance for decision makers, system users and the community.
Consultation and Next Steps
The Cleaner Environments – Smarter Urban Renewal package will be implemented over the next four years. Consultation with stakeholders and the community will be an important part of the detailed development and implementation of the reforms. An implementation schedule of the reform process is outlined in the policy statement.
More Information about the current system for managing contaminated environments can be found by visiting the Environment Protection Authority or the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).