Greens push for higher density housing

johnboy 11 March 2009 32

The Greens Spokesperson for Planning, Caroline Le Couteur, has announced that she wants the new North Weston development to have higher density housing.

    Key recommendations of the submission include:

    — Ensuring housing is medium-density, given the demand for housing in prime central locations, as it is close to Cooleman Court and also handy to Woden, Barton and Civic;
    — ensuring housing and block orientation are highly efficient, including block and building planning, materials and appliances;
    — protecting potential Pink-tailed Worm Lizard habitat, and ensuring landscaping protects these values;
    making the areas cat containment zones;
    — make public transport accessible from the outset, including ensuring that the public bus route runs nearby and cycle lanes are accessible.

Do we want to be throwing up higher density housing in new developments? Or is more infill of desirable older suburbs the answer, and bugger “preserving the character” for the lucky few?

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32 Responses to Greens push for higher density housing
chrispy chrispy 8:36 am 12 Mar 09

From the comments in this topic it seems everyone has a different idea of what they want in a home and I think that’s great. But I suppose we missed the point from the greens which is that we will have to massively reduce our energy use soon. This means living without heating and cooling as much as possible and no fossil fuels used in your daily commute.

Aeek Aeek 11:32 pm 11 Mar 09

Sepi: Exactly, friends have a serious McMansion in Forde with barely a yard but with plenty of core greenspace right across the road. That works.

sepi sepi 10:52 pm 11 Mar 09

If they want medium density in order for people to save on travel etc, then they need to live up to their end of the bargain with local parks, decent roads, public transport, shops and schools, so that people can actually live in their local area.

Otherwise it is just cheap spin – ala saying they were building on all the carparks to make us all use public transport, and then failing to actually deliver enough busses for all the people queueing up to catch them.

affordable affordable 10:44 pm 11 Mar 09

FFS let the market decide what the buying public seek, Actpla controls all land developments and imposes all the conditions, several specific attempts of social engineering in Gungahlin have failed, as well TAMS with there road disasters, when will these idiots realise people WILL live their own lives and do as they please not told or directed.
with the price of land at the moment, not many people can afford low density, so medium density will be peoples choice because of cost.
what needs to be seen to is Actpla and the governments uncontrollable lust for social engineering and then walk away from it with no enforcement,care or responsibilty of the result.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:23 pm 11 Mar 09


Very Busy Very Busy 9:22 pm 11 Mar 09

The type of development the Greens propose will not fix the distinct two types of people we currently have in Canberra; 1) those that live in Tuggeranong, and 2) those that want to!!!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:04 pm 11 Mar 09

If you want better quality houses, you need to sort out how the certifiers do things…

MrPC MrPC 9:00 pm 11 Mar 09

I’d love to see one of the new development districts built as a medium density region. Walkable neighbourhoods with very short distances to local shops and services and quality public transport services.

Give people a choice. Those who want to live in 1980s spwawl with traditional houses can live in Tuggers. Those who want oddly designed 1990s houses with no eaves but lots of weird and wonderful architectural features can live in Gunghalin. Those who want to live in medium density with that sense of urban community, built from the ground up as that, can live in Molonglo. Those who want a 2010s suburban block can build at the Kowen Plateau.

However, regardless of what goes ahead, I’d very much like to see what is built to be affordable, with the average 2 bedroom flat or ordinary house and land package being 3x the average person’s salary, the way it’s meant to be.

Tempestas Tempestas 8:09 pm 11 Mar 09

Letting the market decide, what a great success that has been.

Many builders and developers like nice easy to build on flat blocks with no easements, no wide roads for buses so they can get in get out and make a nice profit and go live in their quasi-rural lots.

If building quality was enforced with bulldozers and betterment tax was based on profits not some vague “change of use” formula we might get quality houses. Remember any builder who hates architects/quantity surveyors is probably dodgy.

On topic. Sensible planning requires a government with a lot more *balls* than what we have or have had. It also requires some cultural change from all of us, which is always easier said than done.

monomania monomania 7:47 pm 11 Mar 09

Medium density housing is the most appropriate addition to a community where the vast amount of housing is on 800 -1200 square metre blocks. I would love to give up my large house and block and build in the area on a smaller single titled block. My biggest objection is that the interests of those living in Weston Creek were not taken into consideration. The investment scheme Defence Force Housing already has one sizable enclave in the area but gets about half of this new development.

damien haas damien haas 6:43 pm 11 Mar 09

Medium to high density is fine as long as the public transport infrastructure is in place before they are built.

A lot of gungahlins road problems relate to a: inadequate roads in and out and b: inadequate public transport.

This can be avoided by building scalable public transport in new development areas, or areas undergoing redevelopment. ACT Light Rail put in a submission on the proposed Molonglo development suggesting light rail go in before the houses start to be built. this will give developers the impetus to build medium to high density housing, let prospective residents know they dont need a second car and will alleviate future road congestion.

old canberran old canberran 5:48 pm 11 Mar 09

Why not let the suburb develop according to what the Canberra real estate market wants?

Interesting comment. This is what has been happening since 1988, unbridled expansion and population growth without regard for the impact on the infra structure. Why is more medium/high density needed. Is all the existing and near completed stuff full?
Does anyone know what the current population growth rate is these days. Prior to self govt it used to be 7-8% or less.

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