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Beyond Small Lot Subdivision

Type: Research, Urban Strategy
Location: Existing Suburbs
Client: Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University

Status: Published Article

Land supply for new housing in the established middle-suburbs (greyfields), where much urban infill potential exists, is “locked up” due to restrictive land-use regulation. As a result, most residential infill is occurring as fragmented, sub-optimal small lot subdivision. This paper outlines critical aspects in implementing a new development model – greyfield precinct renewal – which requires transformative change in municipal strategic planning, new zoning development schemes, innovative medium-density dwelling designs, and clusters of property-owners who can be motivated to capitalise on lot-consolidation value-uplift to overcome the negative externalities of small lot, fragmented, infill.

Prof. Peter Newton
Steven Glackin
Jennifer Witheridge