Populate or perish? Development incentives to encourage new residential opportunities in and around the Junction to activate the area

With community support, we are planning to redevelop civic and community buildings and upgrade public areas in Spit Junction. In order for revitalisation to occur, we will need to work in partnership with the State Government, private landowners, shopkeepers and local residents to encourage investment and activity in the area.

We could do this by encouraging residential development to bring more people into the area to add vitality and boost opportunities for business. Land in and around the Junction has potential for additional dwellings because it is close to major bus routes and within walking distance of shops and services. By focussing additional development around the Junction the green, leafy character of suburban streets beyond can be protected.

Boosting the population with increased building heights
Some of the land in the Junction is unlikely to be redeveloped because of existing strata title ownership patterns or heritage controls. The preliminary draft master plan identifies a number of residential sites where adjoining lots could be amalgamated to allow new residential apartment buildings. To encourage redevelopment of these sites, it is proposed to increase height controls from the current limit of 3 storeys to 4 and 5 storeys.

Do you support the proposal to increase heights on select sites to between 4 and 5 storeys? Why?