20 minute neighbourhoods
In response to some theories that have been circulating, it’s important to highlight that the 20-minute neighbourhood is not about putting restrictions on anyone travelling outside their neighbourhood or moving freely across Melbourne or monitoring anyone.
The intent is to support local communities and local businesses, and give people the choice to walk or cycle to things they need like shops, schools, parks and services.
What is 20-minute neighbourhoods
Plan Melbourne is guided by the principle of 20-minute neighbourhoods.
The 20-minute neighbourhood is all about ‘living locally’—giving people the ability to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute walk from home, with safe cycling and local transport options.
The current Municipal Strategic Planning Project is a joint DELWP and local government project to create better planning for Neighbourhood Activity Centres to deliver 20-minute neighbourhoods.
Banyule, Darebin, Maroondah, Moonee Valley and Whittlesea City Councils are testing draft guidance to support activity centre network planning based on their local needs and priorities.
The outcomes of the project will inform future guidance developed to ensure it is robust and fit-for-purpose.