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What are the current figures for the projected targets?
Where goals and targets are projected for 2020, it's difficult to discern how ambitious or otherwise these are without any current statistics available. For instance it would be interesting to know the current figures for the points below:
By 2020, at least 110,000 people will live in the City.
By 2020, at least 20% of our housing will be affordable or social housing.
Could a link or extra information be included for users to easily access?
- 17 May 2008 13:21
Alice, yes we will be providing this information in the next couple of days as well as the methodology behind each target.
- 17 May 2008 17:17
This has been updated from 110,000 to 120,000 to reflect the increased area of City of Melbourne with additional parts of Kensington coming into the municipality from July 1 2008.
- 26 May 2008 11:56
I have increased the target to 350,000. 120,000 is the business as usual projection by 2020 of current growth trends. This would give the Municipality of Melbourne a residential density of 22 people per hectare. By world city standards this is a very low density.
If the Muncipality of Melbourne however is to become both more sustainable and more liveable in the next ten to twenty years it should aim for a far higher residential population.
One of the most sustainable and liveable cities in the world and a model for Melbourne to emulate is Barcelona
. Barcelona has a residential population of about 200 people per hectare. Paris has 250 persons/Ha. Central London and New York have 105 persons/Ha. These are all cities with which Melbourne compares itself from various perspectives and all of theses cities have high urban heritage values and controls ( these are sometimes cited as limiters of development).
As a central city municpality the City of Melbourne might aim for a density at least comparable to Central London, that is about 100 persons/Ha. At this density the residential population of the Muncipality would be about 350,000. this is less than half as dense as Barcelona but have a density four times the current level. These comparisons with other cities are a rough but useful gauge as to both a desirable level of central city population and of the capacity to accomodate that population.
Over ten years this would mean adding an average of 27,000people or about 10,000 dwellings per year. This is a very high rate of growth. A more achievableable target might be 350,000 by 2030 and 200,000 by 2020.
Note: all of the density figures are calculated on residential population and gross urban areas - all land uses including roads, parks, etc.
- 26 May 2008 13:35
It would be interesting if not already done to consider the embodied energy of types of medium - high density building models. The question of whether a 4m frontage townhouse/ shophouse typology versus a 7 storey or a 40 storey typology embodies more energy in its construction/manufacture be considered as part of the masterplanning and/ or changes to height regulations.
The City could set the example as a testbed for alternative and experimental building models (such as shipping containers) in providing stock in achieving a quick and modular approach.
- 13 Jun 2008 13:48
I have removed the .pdf monitoring methodology as it is out of date.
- 13 Aug 2008 12:04
Population density for 2020 (business as usual approach) has been updated to 30.9 people per hectare (from 22 people per hectare). This is to correct an earlier error in calcualtion and is not a new figure.
- 21 Jan 2009 14:57