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SUBURBAN streets will be protected from high density development and a permanent growth boundary will be created around Melbourne to stop sprawl under a new planning blueprint for Victoria.

With Victoria’s population tipped to hit 8.4 million by 2050, regional towns will become population and employment hubs, while urban renewal projects will drive jobs in Melbourne, the blueprint says.

At least half of Melbourne’s residential zoned land will be protected from high-rise apartment development, with density to be focused in certain areas, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said on Wednesday.

Extract from the Herald Sun. Full story here