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Why expand Melbourne’s growth boundary?

Why expand Melbourne’s growth boundary?

Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has taken a pasting over his decision earlier this month to expand Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) by 5,858 hectares, as recommended by the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee he set up. The media point out this is the fourth time the UGB’s been expanded since it was promulgated in 2002. […]

Is unused infrastructure capacity in the inner suburbs all used up?

Is unused infrastructure capacity in the inner suburbs all used up?

The idea that there's ample unused infrastructure capacity in established suburbs to support higher density housing is probably a myth.

"If London can do it, why can't Melbourne?"

"If London can do it, why can't Melbourne?"

If London can really grow without expanding its urban perimeter, why did our planning Minister, Justin Madden, seek to extend Melbourne’s urban growth boundary last year? As I noted on Friday (How big is Melbourne?), journalist Jason Dowling says that “forever outward expansion (of Melbourne) is not a necessity. London has barely touched its urban […]

More on the Windsor Hotel redevelopment

More on the Windsor Hotel redevelopment

I had a look on the weekend at the report of the independent Advisory Committee established by the Planning Minister, Justin Madden, to advise him on the application for a planning permit for the redevelopment of the Windsor Hotel. I’ve previously commented on this issue, here: Windsor Hotel Redevelopment. There is some interesting information in […]

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne really? This issue is ‘front of mind’ this morning because of a recent claim in The Age that Melbourne “is already the eighth largest city in the world in geographical size, stretching about 100 km from east to west”. This is a common view. In June last year The Age’s editorialist said […]

Windsor Hotel redevelopment

Windsor Hotel redevelopment

I’m hard pressed to see what opponents are concerned about with the proposed Windsor Hotel redevelopment. It conforms with the Planning Scheme, it was recommended by the panel and it’s supported by Heritage Victoria (with conditions). The panel says the redevelopment is necessary for the continued viability and restoration of the historically and architecturally valuable […]