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
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!
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
"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?"
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
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
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
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
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
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?