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Petition to ban High Rise apartments in Reid

By Barcham - 3 June 2013 26

We received the following email about a petition from a concerned resident of Reid.

For your information Rioters:

Some publicity on the following would be great!
If you have concerns about urban planning in Canberra, support this petition! Read the comments already made which demonstrate the need for redesign of this development which Minister Corbell appears to be determined to promote in spite of lack of support from 97% of those involved in the miminal consultations.

See Website below:
Say NO to High-Rise in Reid

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26 Responses to
Petition to ban High Rise apartments in Reid
dtc 4:56 pm 03 Jun 13

arescarti42 said :

If I lived in Reid, I’d be more interested in ensuring the outcome was a quality one, rather than just calling for a cap on height and no commercial development..

If I lived in Reid (which I don’t), I would be concerned about living in a heritage house which I could not re-develop and having to put up with an 8story (or whatever) apartment block looming over my property. Can you say ‘significant property value decline’.

I don’t see why people shouldnt be NIMBYs, Where is the advantage to me (were I a nearby householder) to having one of these places built near me? Perhaps a minor increase in land value, but a major decrease in the value of my home (the buildiing party).

And if I want to sell up and move, as kindly suggested, who pays for the $20k in stamp duty I have now incurred (not to mention removalist costs)? Why should I, as an individual, bear the cost of something that is beneficial to all of Canberra without any compensation at all.

Its one thing to buy into an area where this is going to occur; its another to be owning property before the changes are passed.

I have said it before – why not give residents a stamp duty exemption. If you buy before a change to zoning and sell after the change, then buy elsewhere within (say) 6 months, you get the new purchase stamp duty free.

patrick_keogh 4:46 pm 03 Jun 13
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:20 pm 03 Jun 13

Ignorant NIMBY’s.

arescarti42 1:38 pm 03 Jun 13

This petition walks a fine line between reasonable concern and nimbyism.

It’s conceivable that a 15 story building might indeed be inappropriate, but given the location, it’d be foolish to think that there wont be considerable development pressures throughout the suburb in the future.

If I lived in Reid, I’d be more interested in ensuring the outcome was a quality one, rather than just calling for a cap on height and no commercial development.

A thoughtfully designed 15 story building with mixed use at the ground floor would be way better than something like Sky Plaza but limited to 8 stories high. If done right it could add value to existing homes in the area.

jase! 1:09 pm 03 Jun 13

oooh, an online petition, i remember seeing a comparison once between them and a the effectiveness of a toothbrush made entirely of ants. unless it is a government site I still believe that holds true

build the apartments, I’d live there

astrojax 1:08 pm 03 Jun 13

HiddenDragon said :

In 1923, Le Corbusier pithily, and somewhat chillingly, observed that “a house is a machine for living in” – I hope that some of the “machines” which will be constructed in Reid, and other inner/town centre locations, in the name of progress will go beyond that, and be pleasant, welcoming, liveable homes – rather than just a blandly utilitarian place to be when you’re not at work and a mirage, of sorts, for those pursuing a cosmopolitan dream.

whoa, there. this is the riotact, not a sociology tutorial… 😉

i don’t disagree with the concept of high rise, but in the context of the civic area which they’ll be situated, fifteen stories seems excessive – even eight will tower over most of their domain. but several blocks of six or eight stories would better suit the aesthetics than a single fifteen story lego block.

dph 12:39 pm 03 Jun 13

Somebody needs to inform these people that Canberra is eventually going to become a city. We’re going to crack the half million & eventually the million in population. It’s not up for debate. It’s going to happen.

Either accept it or move else where.

HiddenDragon 12:26 pm 03 Jun 13

In 1923, Le Corbusier pithily, and somewhat chillingly, observed that “a house is a machine for living in” – I hope that some of the “machines” which will be constructed in Reid, and other inner/town centre locations, in the name of progress will go beyond that, and be pleasant, welcoming, liveable homes – rather than just a blandly utilitarian place to be when you’re not at work and a mirage, of sorts, for those pursuing a cosmopolitan dream.

Watson 12:22 pm 03 Jun 13

Nimby was my first thought too. But 8 instead of 15 sounds kind of reasonable. Then again, what’s the difference to the neighbours?

I don’t get why they are so against commercial development either. I’m assuming that could just mean a take-away or a corner store? Which I would kill for to get in my street!

thebrownstreak69 12:13 pm 03 Jun 13

Nimby.

c_c™ 12:09 pm 03 Jun 13

I’m impressed that the organisers of this petition are to gutless to put their names to it. No matter, I think a lot of people know who these people are and know that the people behind the petition frequently pester government to avoid all modern forms of development.

Rust buckets can shout all they want, progress is going to happen and time isn’t on their side.

chewy14 12:05 pm 03 Jun 13

Yeah,
I’m in the other camp on this. These developments are what we should be doing in this area, its the perfect location.

poetix 11:56 am 03 Jun 13

I think the apartments next to Saint John’s, for example, will be in a great position. I don’t think they’ll be high rise though. But Reid could certainly do with some more apartments, being within walking distance of the city.

Those clever enough to live without cars could easily rent out their space to city workers.

p1 11:32 am 03 Jun 13

Reid would seem like the ideal place for high density apartments wouldn’t it?

Holden Caulfield 10:40 am 03 Jun 13

“If you have concerns about urban planning in Canberra, support this petition!”

Hmm, a slightly loaded suggestion. What if my concerns are that there is not enough high density development in the inner city, should I still support this petition?

If development like this was to usher in the possibility of the demise of the terribly wannabe Federation Argyle Apartments then I’ll be all for it!

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