Some of you may know that our MODE development in Doubleview helped to attract some press in the local paper about the development of multiple dwellings in general. People voiced their concerns about overcrowding, and pressure on amenities with higher density living.
While we recognise that these are very real concerns for many people who may be unfamiliar with the community benefits of urban infill (and that change in itself is difficult and often associated with a loss), we were pleased to find that there were a number of other parties who support the move for medium density developments like MODE.
Some made the point that if we don’t allow such developments, where do our children and grandchildren live when they are old enough to make these decisions? The existing housing situation will not sustain the increasing population and aging demographic.
Others commented about communities being based on sharing and consideration, with room for all kinds of family constellations to make a solid contribution to the community. Not everyone who wants to live in the area (many of whom may have grown up in its surrounds) is in the position to buy a 4 x 2 home on a traditional lot.
These viewpoints, along with those set out in our post last year on the benefits of higher density living, are very much in line with the West Australian Planning Commission’s governing policies for a better connected community that has less impact on the environment.
So we would like to thank those people who showed their support for developments like MODE. It’s hard not to support the government’s foresight to develop Perth in such a way that the fundamental needs of our community are met from a long term perspective.