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The Urban Renewal Authority Victoria (trading as Places Victoria) (VA 5005) was the successor in law to the Victorian Urban Development Authority (trading as VicUrban) (VA 5004).
On 25 October 2011, the Victorian Urban Development Authority Amendment (Urban Renewal Authority Victoria) Act 2011 was proclaimed and came into effect. As a result the Victorian Urban Development Authority (trading as VicUrban) was abolished and the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria, operating as Places Victoria (VA 5005), was established as its successor in law. The Act set out its functions as follows:
(a) to carry out or manage or co-ordinate the carrying out of urban renewal projects
;(b) to contribute to the implementation of government urban planning and development policies;
(c) to undertake declared projects; and
(d) to complete the development of the docklands area
The main difference between Places Victoria and its predecessor VicUrban was its focus on urban renewal instead of urban development. According to definition in the amended Act, urban renewal means the redevelopment of large scale urban neighbourhoods to improve their amenity for residential and mixed use purposes. The new Authority's other purposes were broadly the same as those of VicUrban, including its mandate to complete the development of the docklands area and the requirement to carry out its functions on a commercial basis.
All the staff working at VicUrban were transferred across to the Urban Renewal Authority, however the governance of the organisation changed. When recommending persons to be directors of the Authority, the Minister was to ensure as far as is practicable that collectively the directors had an appropriate range of specified skills, experience or knowledge (Section 19A). Moreover, the Chief Executive could no longer be a director of the Authority, so that corporate governance and operational management were separated. In its annual report of 2012, Places Victoria listed the names and qualifications of nine (9) directors. At this time the Authority reported to the Minister for Planning.
Places Victoria continued to oversee existing projects previously delivered by VicUrban and undertook to honour all existing contracts.
In 2012, Places Victoria listed some 31 projects in its summary, citing the Docklands, Fishermans Bend, Junction Place in Wodonga, Dandenong, and also future plans for the former Defence site in Maribyrnong, as prime examples of urban renewal.
From its inception until 9 April 2013, Places Victoria was included as a statutory body in the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) (VA4838). On 9 April 2013 DPCD was abolished and Places Victoria transferred to the new Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) (VA 5003) by order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 (c) of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 124), as part of machinery-of-government changes made by the Coalition Government under the new leadership of Premier the Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP. Places Victoria continued to report to the Minister for Planning.