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So, what sort of city is it we want to be living in?

By johnboy - 10 July 2009 24

Zed Seselja is hoping the public can give him some good ideas for urban planning.

This has been prompted by the Institute of Architects calling for an end to greenfields development in the ACT in favour of more high rise work (which incidentally means more work for architects).

Zed knows that family values votes flourish in suburban backyards so is in favour of building more of those as well as more infill.

    “I disagree with the calls to stop greenfield development. This development is an extremely important aspect of residential growth in the territory and the Canberra Liberals would like to see a structured roll out of greenfield land continue.

    “We want to encourage Canberra families to take up the opportunity to purchase their own home. In conjunction with this, there is also the need to have a cohesive intergraded planning structure that also encourages higher density living in and around major centres and transport corridors.

The Canberra Times this day informs us that rents in Canberra are rising again (although apparently still down on last year). The median weekly rent for a unit is $395, or around $21k per year. Effectively meaning that a pre-tax income of around $80, would be needed to call it affordable.

Personally I think infill has been a great success so far, bringing a greater vibrancy to the areas that have been lucky enough to enjoy it.

Putting more people near the fun bits of town? Who’d have thought that would be a winner?

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Gungahlin Al 9:58 am 17 Jul 09

ScrappyKat said :

In filing in Hackett and Watson would mean putting housing on the green belts that run through the suburbs.

Or in your back yards!

ScrappyKat 9:39 am 17 Jul 09

In filing in Hackett and Watson would mean putting housing on the green belts that run through the suburbs.

the planning insider 3:10 pm 16 Jul 09

The planning rules should be changed back to the situation which existed before Variation 200 which allowed for development of existing blocks over 800 sqm for dual occ and above 1400 sqm for multi-unit development.

sepi 7:51 pm 12 Jul 09

People in high rises live as if in hotels, and thus use power without any thought about it.

Apartments tend to just have just ducted heating and cooling, where the occupant sets a dial near the front door and never thinks about it. Noone bothers closing curtains to keep the sun out etc.

And garbage disposal is shocking – things are hurled down a chute – including books/doonas etc, as well as compostibles.

I could easily believe high rise dwellers use plenty of power.

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