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Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Alan Davies March 20, 2017 4 Comments

Sprawl was the headline city planning issue for more than half a century, but its salience has faded over recent decades. Urban policy-makers need to reassess their priorities

Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

Alan Davies March 15, 2017 2 Comments

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!

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Alan Davies August 15, 2016 3 Comments

The Victorian government has no idea if its draft standards for apartments will make future residents better off or worse off. That's poor policy-making

What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?

What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?

Alan Davies August 5, 2016 10 Comments

"If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?"

“Dogboxes”: does what goes on <em>outside</em> of new apartments matter?

“Dogboxes”: does what goes on outside of new apartments matter?

Alan Davies February 9, 2016 29 Comments

Residents can work out for themselves if their apartment is big enough or has enough light. Where they really need help from government is with problems coming from outside their walls

Are these CBD planning changes mostly symbolic?

Are these CBD planning changes mostly symbolic?

Alan Davies September 7, 2015 1 Comment

New planning rules intended to improve CBD amenity in the face of Melbourne’s apartment tower boom look like Clayton’s rules. The problem they're supposedly addressing has probably passed

Apartment standards: is policy being made in a vacuum?

Apartment standards: is policy being made in a vacuum?

Alan Davies August 6, 2015 4 Comments

It looks like Victoria's Planning Minister has gone too far on minimum apartment standards to back off now. It's up to the Premier to make sure the proper analysis is done first

Can apartment residents be trusted to make their own decisions?

Can apartment residents be trusted to make their own decisions?

Alan Davies July 13, 2015 60 Comments

A new report from Victoria's Planning Minister shows 3/4 of new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Melbourne are smaller than the NSW minimum. If there's a problem it's in NSW, not Victoria

Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

Alan Davies June 22, 2015 9 Comments

The Victorian Government wants to know if a majority of new apartments should have mandated access to direct sun.That's a questionable idea but requiring sun control should be considered

Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Alan Davies June 16, 2015 13 Comments

Bedrooms that "borrow" natural light from living areas are a key target in the debate about apartment standards. Is it a problem? If so, is it severe enough to justify stronger regulation?