Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary

September 6, 2010

A forum exploring the expansion of the city’s urban growth boundary, examining the impact on housing affordability, sustainability and long-term urban planning.

The Victorian government recently announced that Melbourne’s urban growth boundary will be expanded to accommodate around 134,000 new houses. The projected density for the area will be roughly 3.1 dwellings per hectare – a fairly low figure when compared with the average for the equivalent land area south-east of the CBD.

This decision has been applauded by the Coalition and by housing and property groups, claiming that the expansion will make housing more affordable. However, it has been met with disbelief in the built environment profession and planning groups, with concerns for urban sprawl and increased car dependency because of greater distances between homes and jobs and services.

Is a greater urban growth boundary the solution to housing affordability? How will this affect social and ecological sustainability? And what will this mean for Melbourne?

Speakers on the night will be:
*Paul Mees*, Lecturer at RMIT Global Studies, Science & Social Planning, focusing on transportation;
*Stuart Worn*, Executive Officer of Planning Institute of Australia;
*Ian Woods*, President of Save Our Suburbs;
*Tony De Domenico*, Executive Director of Urban Development Institute of Australia;
*Carolyn Whitzman*, Associate Professor in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne;
*Maree McPhereson*, CEO of Victorian Local Governance Association;
*Kate Shaw*, ARC Research Fellow, University of Melbourne;
*Dianne Moy*, Project Coordinator, VEIL (Victorial Eco-Innovation Lab)

The discussion will be chaired by *Ian Woodcock*, ARC Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

*When* 9 September 2010, 7-8.30pm
*Where* RMIT bld50, 11 Or Street, Carlton VIC 3053

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