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Topic: Melbourne @ 5 Million
Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

A press report about a new urban fringe suburb plays to the stereotypes of sprawl but the critics seem to have little idea about what's really happening with new outer suburban developments

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Australia's capital cities are projected to grow strongly over the next 30-40 years. But metro strategic plans that can't imagine different futures won't cope with an uncertain outlook

What’s happened to the idea of the compact city?

What’s happened to the idea of the compact city?

Pending completion of the Government’s new urban strategy for Melbourne, the two major strategic planning documents that jointly guide the metropolitan area’s development – Melbourne 2030 and Melbourne @ 5 Million – are rich with rhetoric about the importance of directing development to established suburbs rather than the periphery. They also emphasise the desirability of […]

Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Yesterday I talked about what I thought the new Metropolitan Strategy for Melbourne should be. That was mostly ‘mothers milk’, so now I want to say something about the substance of the strategy – what it should do. I have (mostly) refrained from proposing specific policies or solutions, preferring instead to point out the key […]

Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has apparently told The Age that preparation of the Government’s promised metropolitan strategy has started and will be completed within two years. I’ve previously pointed out some of the areas where I think Melbourne 2030 was found wanting, so I’ll offer some thoughts on what the new strategy should be and […]

Should most redevelopment be in activity centres?

Should most redevelopment be in activity centres?

I noted yesterday that Melbourne @ 5 Million envisages just over half of all new dwellings constructed between now and 2030 – about 16,000 per year – will be located within the built-up area. The rest will be built in the fringe Growth Areas. This is a significant reduction compared to the 69% share Melbourne […]

How much growth is going to the fringe?

How much growth is going to the fringe?

The Victorian Government set a target in its 2002 strategic plan, Melbourne 2030, that only 31% of new dwellings constructed between 2001 and 2030 would be located on outer suburban greenfield sites. In fact, it envisaged that by 2030, the proportion would have fallen to just 22%. This ambitious target reflected the conviction at the […]

Is Docklands sinking Melbourne @ 5 Million?

Is Docklands sinking Melbourne @ 5 Million?

Docklands may be so successful in attracting major corporates that it could be undermining the prospects for jobs growth in the six suburban Central Activities Districts designated in Melbourne @ 5 Million

Should rail commuters pay a congestion toll?

Should rail commuters pay a congestion toll?

One option for dealing with over-crowding on Melbourne's trains could be to increase prices for peak period travel.

Do firms want to be in suburban centres?

Do firms want to be in suburban centres?

We know that most jobs in Melbourne are now in the suburbs. There’s also an increasing understanding that large metropolitan areas are now generally polycentric rather than monocentric in form i.e. there are significant activity centres outside the CBD with large numbers of jobs. The strategic planning update to Melbourne 2030, Melbourne @ 5 Million, released in […]