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The 'Goldilocks' zone well represented in new additions to the project database

Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right.

Substitute cold for underdevelopment; hot for development that would frighten the locals to the point where pitchforks will be seen on the streets and at council meetings; and you're left with the goldilocks planning zone.

It's an umbrella term I use to describe General Residential Zone, Residential Growth Zone and the mixed-use zones which broadly interface with the two aforementioned residential-focused zones throughout the metropolitan area.  

Because height is the currency of describing buildings with words, the heights of new development in the Goldilocks zone are 3, 4, 5, 6 and sometimes a higher number of floors.  Those height limits are broadly contained within the General Residential, Residential Growth, and Mixed-Use/Commercial zones in the planning scheme.

Case Study 1 - 280 Waverley Road, Malvern East

A typical high street development in an area of Melbourne where to grow, the only way is up.

Real Goldilocks Zone: Stonnington C1Z. Floors: 4.  

Site area: 704 square metres (0.0704 hectares).  Number of dwellings proposed: 17.  Equivalent dwellings per hectare: 241.

280 Waverley Road, Malvern East

Case Study 2 - 15-17 Marriott Parade, Glen Waverley

A noteworthy case study because the site is an amalgamation of two former single family properties right next door to the City of Monash's council building. The site as seen on streetview:

Real Goldilocks Zone: Monash GRZ, Schedule 2 (GRZ2).  Floors: 4.  

Site area: 2,169 square metres (0.2169 hectares).  Number of dwellings proposed: 63.  Equivalent dwellings per hectare: 290.

15-17 Marriott Parade, Glen Waverley

The list below represents some of the other recent 'Goldilocks' additions to the project database.

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