Density<i> my</i> way: Community attitudes to neighbourhood densification scenarios

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Transit Oriented Development (TOD) within existing urban areas often confronts entrenched community resistance. This paper documents the results of an Australian survey systematically evaluating the level of community support of densification strategies around a central train station in a greyfield suburban setting - based on theories in planning such as TOD (Pedestrian Pockets and Transit Boulevardes), Greenspace-Oriented Development (GOD) and 'hidden density' approaches. This paper's original contribution stems from using a hypothetical site which obviates localised issues and interests and allows for a comparatively neutral assessment of different densification approaches. The results are instructive and unanticipated. Support was highest for precinct-scale approaches to densification (TOD and GOD), while antipathy remains towards 'hidden density,' dispersed, single-storey background infill. The results also reveal significant and essential differences in support for densification models based on gender, with females more supportive of GOD approaches than conventional TOD. The paper highlights the need for revised policies to deliver alternative urban densification approaches, such as GOD, ensure the liveability of densification along Transit Boulevardes, and impede deeply unpopular 'hidden density' or background infill.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104596
Number of pages14
Early online date2 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


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