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Topic: urban consolidation
Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

It's a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there's little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it's no longer the case

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Smaller projects in established suburbs are a key way of increasing housing supply but are often problematic because of their impact on existing residents; considerate design and scale is crucial

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 […]

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 […]