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Integrating climate change considerations into urban planning and our built environment will make Victoria's cities and towns more liveable, equitable and more attractive to investors

Effective emissions reduction and adaptation can be achieved through climate-smart urban planning that supports: 

  • the use of water sensitive urban design and irrigation
  • active and public transport
  • urban greening and increased open space
  • environmentally sustainable design 
  • energy efficiency and renewable energy

For Melbourne, Plan Melbourne was released in May 2014 and is a key part of the Government's commitment to refreshing and updating the way we grow as a city. This long-term vision for Victoria's major urban population focuses on housing opportunities, increasing jobs and liveability, integrating public transport and support for infrastructure investment, and dealing with a changing climate.

A refreshed Plan Melbourne will be released in 2016 following community and stakeholder consultation.

For more information about state-wide planning visit DELWP Planning


Climate change is not simply an environmental issue and leading councils are tackling climate change with a whole-of-council approach.

Using the best available information and science, climate change considerations are being embedded into the Council Plan.

Linking to other other key plans of council such as the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, Strategic Resource Plan, Budget and Strategic Service Plans, ensures climate change risks and impacts on a council's operations and delivery of services to the community are properly assessed, understood and managed.

To understand more about Council Plans click here

Click here to learn more about the latest climate change science for Victoria.


The quality of communities is improved when councils take a long-term view and integrate land use planning and building across transport, infrastructure, social, economic and environment concerns.

Land use planning relies heavily on local government. It forms a critical part of council activities and contributes actively to climate change and sustainability objectives, economic development, and heritage and environmental conservation. It also guides development for long-term community benefit.

All councils and land in Victoria are covered by land use planning controls. Administering the statutory framework is a key role of local government.

State government has a role in determining the Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP) and the State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF), which must be applied by all councils.

Examples of projects

To view state government funded projects delivered in partnership with local councils, click here