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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.

Development & Planning

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 06:00
Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved another commercial tower at Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter development in the Docklands. The building known as Melbourne Quarter Tower will be located at 693 Collins Street, injecting almost 55,000sqm of office space into the precinct across its 28 floors, in addition to approximately 2,500sqm of retail space.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00
As part of the enabling stage of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project, the City of Melbourne has finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart designed-tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM's behalf.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00
The large-scale redevelopment of Richmond's former Jaques engineering complex has been marked by an number of onsite dedications. Dating back to 1885 and with frontages to Palmer, Coppin, Dyer and Griffiths Streets, the 9,945sqm site's engineering heritage has been permanently embossed across the site.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.