The Victorian State Government recently released its Housing development data report “Housing outcomes in established Melbourne 2005 to 2016” which provides data on housing densities achieved across metropolitan Melbourne. The Report concludes that there has been a healthy increase in dwelling density during the period of 2005-2016 and as expected this growth has mainly occurred within the City of Melbourne including Docklands as well as throughout Activity Centers in the inner city suburbs.
A few notable points from the Report are:
Activity Centres across metropolitan Melbourne are becoming more mixed use and accommodating a greater number of dwellings, even in more traditional commercial centres. Over the 2005 to 2016 period, approximately 50% of net new dwellings occurred within 400m of an Activity Centre and interestingly the core areas of Activity Centres increased housing stock by 89% from 2005 to 2016. This shows genuine interest for people to live within a true mixed use environment rather than simply on the edge of activity/commercial centres.
City of Melbourne (not surprisingly) achieved the highest dwelling density with the municipalities of Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip achieving the next highest. Other local government areas such as Moreland and Darebin have experienced a strong dwelling increase but at a lower density indicating that numerous medium and low rise developments in and outside outside of activity centre locations contributed to the net dwelling increase.
In general the number of semi-detached and low rise apartments approved in middle ring and outer local government areas – mostly in the form of small scale infill development – more than doubled from about 4,000 in 2005 to nearly 11,000 in 2017.
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