Alan DaviesMar 20, 20174 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
Alan DaviesMar 15, 20172 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!
Alan DaviesAug 15, 20163 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
Alan DaviesAug 5, 201610 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?"
Alan DaviesFeb 9, 201629 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
Alan DaviesSep 7, 20151 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
Alan DaviesAug 6, 20154 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
Alan DaviesJul 13, 201560 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
Alan DaviesJun 22, 20159 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
Alan DaviesJun 16, 201513 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?