201601181056 Comment: Five storeys, zero car parks: VCAT gives green light to contentious building

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  • Oz (Horst) Kayak:

    This discussion needs to include some sentences on the issue of affordable housing as well as how much non-provision of car parking for residents potentially contributes to the health and wellbeing. There are meaningful models available for both.
    Ground conditions allow for on site underground parking provisions at both sites. There are many sensible examples of underground-on-site car parking in the neighbourhood.
    It is probably a question of return on investment to developers and profitability by site owners of what is put up to Council and VCAT.
    Our guess is that for the two locations compared using health impact as the evaluation tool both should have been allowed as proposed by the investors..
    Whether the PT who are already running at low level of service along both corridors will also invest in their services is a related issue.

    Commenter: Oz 4 LCA, Princes Hill, January 18, 2016, 10:56AM

  • Have you seen the plans for this development? If you have and you read the VCAT decision it would be clear one of the main reasons car parking is not provided in this case is because spatially this site is not large enough for a basement to physically function (ground conditions are one thing, site dimensions are another). Developers will typically include resident car parking where they can as the cost is built into the end sale price of the apartment and apartments with car parking are seen as more attractive than those without and easier to sell for a premium.

    Commenter: 1 melb, January 18, 2016, 1:25PM
  • Yes, No.1
    Readers may be interested in comparing the Walkscore for 451 Lygon Street (Vincent Corporation) of 89 to the Walkscore for 6 Florence Street (Nightingale) of 95. 
    One day Walkscores may enter VCAT rulings., 

    Oz 4 LCA. Princes Hill, January 19, 2016, 11:04AM

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201511101230 Comment: Cities: what’s the responsibility of the media?

Oz (Horst) Kayak

Posted November 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm | PERMALINK

Media outlets such as the ABC, Crikey and Fairfax are to be credited with running quantified commentary for their intelligent readers on urban health and well-being related issues. None of this sort of discussion was considered an item of interest for the general public twenty to thirty years ago.
Professional and academic interest groups have been debating urban environmental and well-being issues for more than 100 years.
There have been notable reformers who used the media to change legislation such as Robert Owen in the UK of TCPA fame, however in Australia not much has cracked the media.
Even today and over the last few months, no commercial TV covered anything of significance dealing with integrated land-use, transport systems and health.
The media should not dumb down to urban dwellers,; they are not stupid. Readers, viewers and listeners of the media need full and realistic information on which to base their lifestyle investments and decisions. People do not need drip feeding of data on selected items chosen by editorial staff.

201511101100 Comment: Refer to The Urbanist. Alan Davies on; 

Is this ranking of “the most liveable suburbs” believable?

Oz (Horst) Kayak

Posted November 10, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

The Fairfax funded 15 criteria comparison between 321 ABS gazetted MSD suburbs is a commendable start to understanding urban

environments better.
A group of us have allocated health indexes to the same suburbs, and predictably the ranking is very different for some suburbs.
Another interesting comparison has been to run the Walk Scores used by many in the real estate industry and freely available on the web. The

Walk Scores have a strong correlation with Fairfax ratings. Pity no one so far talks about what walk scores can indicate about healthy urban

places to live.
Another extension of Adam Terrill modelling would be apply the 20 minute criteria as currently proposed in Plan Melbourne 2016 for the same

321 suburbs.


Yes, cycling does get preferential treatment compared to walking in some suburbs of the Melbourne Metropolis. Dedicated marked bike lanes in

jurisdictions of inner suburbs such as Yarra, Port Phillip and Melbourne signed more than ten years ago are still generating growth in commuter

cycling traffic at far greater rates than in commuter walking.

There is now enough and significant perception of risk to the walker sharing space with cyclist to invest in active transport infrastructure that

safely provides for walking and cycling in the same transport network corridor. Walking frame users are finding less and less safe space that is

out of the way from the few cyclists with irresponsible attitudes.

Oz (Horst) Kayak

Posted October 29, 2015 at 9:15 am | Permalink


Not too late to fix Fishermans Bend, says government architect Jill Garner. Read more at


 Commenter: oz4lca>Location>Princes Hill>Date and time:October 27, 2015, 10:19PM wrote as follows

Yes! Think again by including affordable living & quality design at Fishermans Bend as an enlightened step in keeping Melbourne a top class

sustainable, healthy and liveable City for our ageing society

Also hopefully, the new green open spaces will not be wind tunnels in the shadow of towering buildings on any days of the year. To start with,

some basic public garden and space standards within friendly walking distances need to be agreed to and designed into the project. Say 30

square metres of unpaved green space for each proposed resident



Posted October 13, 2015 at 9:36 am | PERMALINK

The statement “…greater diversity of viewpoints would on balance be a very good thing..” is supported as it would encourage the media to also present diverse advocacy group interests

such as the PTUA, TCPA RACV and similar organization’s views under the same heading when reporting on news breaks covering integrated land-use and transport planning to benefit

community sustainability and health


Posted October 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm | PERMALINK

“Why-have-these-cycling-projects-been-forgotten?” is a thought provoking question. A crucial related question worth asking in October 2015 is who is stopping the project to

connect the Darebin and Yarra Riverside Trails from being completed?
An intelligent reader could conclude that as most of the approved costs associated with the project are already spent on the completed bridges and associated works, only

outstanding land use responsibilities need resolution. Who is side stepping their responsibility to resolve the issues at this time?
Even blind Freddie can see that the connections will happen at some time in the future.
What does the delay in connecting the trails mean in terms of potential net community benefit?
Each extra year in none use of the inoperative connection when most of the funds are invested, can be quantified as follows.
There are estimates available to show the present day foregone potential lost health and well being benefit adds up to $100,000 per annum. There are also health benefit models

available to show that the connection in several years-time through facilitating more active transport and physical activity has the potential to save the health sector more

than ½ a million dollars pa.


2015091100 Note:(The following commentary has been submitted to the TCPA Vic web site for publication)

That an ever increasing percentage of the total population are over 65 and not employed in the “normal” work force that adds value to products and/or activities, is not necessarily

the main issue in an ageing society.  The main issue is that the ever-increasing percentage of the population with physical and mental constraints limiting fulfilling and rewarding

lives needs managing. Responsible self-management and management by the more able in the community can be more effective with integrated planning of land use and transport

for ecological sustainability and a healthy living environment.


Posted September 15, 2015 at 11:14 am | PERMALINK

The walk scores for the inner Sydney suburbs chosen for the article are Ashfield (75), Botany Bay (71), Lane Cove (79), Leichhardt (89), Marrickville (80), Mosman (77),

North Sydney (92), Randwick (83), Waverley (83), and Woollahra (89). The examples indicate close to top quintile convenience for walkers.
The average walk scores were taken from https://www.walkscore.com/AU-NSW/Sydney/Ashfield and similar.
By comparison, the present day walk score for Rockbank approximates to a score between 20 and 30.
Alan, in our discussion group using your articles as a key source, several readers of this article totally and strongly agree with your sentiments that there has to be something

worth walking to.
We also subscribe to the view that time spent sitting in cars is unhealthy and therefore walking would possibly bring some health benefits. Our conclusion is that suburbs with

very high walkability are also healthier suburbs to live in.

Choice for the best inner city suburb in Australia

Posted August 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

Post Code 3006; the “suburb” of Southbank is my nomination because it has the highest total walk score of for the whole area of more than 96 (as published by real estate agents) .
Using another walk score based on 20 minute access to green space, cultural and sporting facilities it rates 99 out of 100. The next closest approximations as 20 minute walk score

high facility suburbs, such as Carlton (PC 3053), are closer to 90.

We published your comment:


The Spiritual Dimension

The article is thought provoking, as are many of the comments. The near absence of reference by commentators for the time

allocation needed to develop ones spiritual dimension is disappointing.

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