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Arden Precinct Climate Response Plan – VPA

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The Arden Precinct is one of Melbourne’s major urban renewal areas. The scale of transformation offers opportunities for precinct level solutions, including the potential to deliver deeper carbon reduction than an area undergoing only incremental change.

CONTEXT

Arden is a 50 Hectare parcel of land activated by the new North Melbourne metro station (currently under construction). A Structure Plan is in development for the land that will guide the development of private land and public land including a 16Ha parcel around the new train station.

HIP V. HYPE Sustainability delivered stakeholder engagement on climate response in early 2019, and in partnership with Point Advisory and Hansen Partnership has now developed the Climate Response Plan Evidence Base for Arden.

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ACTION + ADVICE

The Plan was developed through 6 steps:

1. Context setting (review of development context and relevant case studies)

2. Preliminary stakeholder engagement (with those who have an active interest in or are responsible for delivering the Arden Structure Plan)

3. Analysis Framework - A framework for analysis was developed based on the mechanisms that are available to State Government and Local Government to drive climate responsive outcomes in the built environment (e.g. direct investments, planning controls, finance, governance and operational models)

4. Scenario development and analysis - three carbon scenarios were developed to understand the opportunity for carbon reduction

5. Findings validation – engagement with the development industry and a key stakeholder workshop

6. Reporting (culmination of the above stages)

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IMPACT

The Climate Response Plan is a key input into the Arden Precinct Structure Plan delivering the evidence base preferred carbon trajectory for the whole precinct, inclusive of operational stationary energy, transport and waste emissions. The work also informs building scale planning controls that can deliver both mitigation and climate resilience outcomes.

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