Topic archives: Plan Melbourne

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

August 10, 2017

If the "20-minute" city is defined by how many everyday services can be accessed by bicycle then we've already got it and the claims of Federal and State leaders look like a con

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

August 9, 2017 4

It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible

Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

March 15, 2017 2

It's taken since 2014 to prepare, but despite the name, the "refresh" of Plan Melbourne doesn't deliver on its most basic pretension; it's not really a plan!

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

March 13, 2017 18

Melbourne needs an orbital or "ring" light metro linking major suburban centres to take radial trips off the road system, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

March 1, 2017

There's a strong push to divert more metropolitan growth to regional cities, but the case hasn't been made that capital cities are "too big" or that it's the best strategy

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

November 14, 2016 3

Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

October 11, 2016 3

The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

April 27, 2016 14

City managers aren't doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they'll be ready to use on public roads very soon - as autonomous buses and trams

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

September 9, 2015 6

The idea that a big city should be turned into a "20 minute city" is marketing fluff. People don't live in cities of two to five million so they can replicate some idea of traditional country town life

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

August 31, 2015 9

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

Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

March 10, 2015 25

Victoria's new Planning Minister is happy to talk down city centre skyscrapers but he should appreciate the impact on metropolitan housing affordability of any action he takes to limit supply

Are driverless cars only a generation away?

Are driverless cars only a generation away?

June 23, 2014 12

It increasingly seems it's not if we'll be transported in driverless cars but when. There're lots of potential benefits but realising them will be hard. It's likely there'll also be some downsides

Does this strategic plan really spurn sprawl?

Does this strategic plan really spurn sprawl?

June 4, 2014 2

Metropolitan strategic plans seek to reduce sprawl by directing the lion's share of growth to established parts of the city. Despite what it claims, Plan Melbourne seems to do the opposite

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

June 3, 2014

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

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

December 16, 2013 14

The Napthine Government's new motorway took another blow last week when members of the Plan Melbourne Advisory Committee resigned in protest. But why so late and so publicly?

The “20 minute neighbourhood”: does it make sense?

The “20 minute neighbourhood”: does it make sense?

December 11, 2013 13

The idea that every home should have local services and facilities within a 20 minute walk, cycle or public transport trip seems a no-brainer. But is it a worthwhile and realistic goal, or a dream?

Will “protecting” the suburbs safeguard affordability?

Will “protecting” the suburbs safeguard affordability?

November 26, 2013 6

State governments are keen to “protect” the suburbs from redevelopment pressures. But it’s not clear they’re doing enough to protect housing affordability and choice

Is more transport infrastructure all our cities need?

Is more transport infrastructure all our cities need?

November 12, 2013 10

Australia's capital cities face enormous growth pressures. Will building more motorways and rail lines be enough to ensure they can grow while remaining liveable?

Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

October 15, 2013 1

There are numerous calls to "de-politicise" strategic land use and infrastructure decisions by putting them at arm's length from state and local government politicians

Can the regions save cities from sprawl?

Can the regions save cities from sprawl?

October 14, 2013 12

Siphoning metropolitan growth off to regional centres is proposed as an answer to urban sprawl. But is it a case of shifting the problem elsewhere at higher cost?