One of the flow-on impacts of greater urban density and with some councils reducing the number of car spots available in new projects as been the success of Go-Get car sharing. Some new projects have entered into formal agreements with Go-Get to service their developments. Now the idea of car-sharing has spread to electric Mopeds. Electric mopeds, via a new start-up has a plan to bring those to Brooklyn, the first of their kind in New York City. Users can rent mopeds for short periods and with the first 20 minutes costing just US$4, and the price going up incrementally after that. While drivers must have a valid driver’s license, and stay within a defined area, sounds like a possible for busy Sydney streets.
Trains Under Strain
Train passengers in Sydney commuting for work or leisure are not alone in some of their frustrations over train crowds and delays, almost exactly the same problems are apparent in other cities including London and New York. Like Sydney there’s been a shift to the greater use of public transport and the systems, many decades old, are not coping. Commuters trying to get out and about appear to be running into the same old problems associated with track work and a lack of real-time information. These events are often associated with public transport as major cities cope with bigger populations and Sydney has plans for a major technology investment to help.
There’s always a great deal of effort involved in preparing copy and content to market real estate, and there’s been lots of research done to help identify what are some of the most impactful in the eyes of buyers. Not surprisingly it’s a good idea to avoid any sort of negatives no matter the context. Some of the more impactful words, which are deceptively simple include; beautiful, lovingly maintained, spacious (don’t use big), paradise, views, private, prestige and charming. Simple and familiar looks to be the guide.
Footpaths, it’s a subject that we may not often think about however, footpaths are very important and a key mode of transport. Walking is the most common mode of travel, that’s often associated with health benefits, and there’s a lot of walking on urban footpaths. However, the humble footpath is not immune from disruption and that includes the impact of technological as infrastructure in cities around the world comes under greater pressure. In the future, footpaths may look much the same as they do today, but how they are used will change. On-street access and parking space is a rare asset and as driverless vehicles could become a dominant transport in coming years in they will need to access passengers at kerb-side and this will impact footpath. Another impact is the spread of on-line shopping delivered goods where more space to load and unload is needed. Plus, there’s the need for drone landing spots and on-ground small automated delivery vehicles, with these technologies also looking for footpath access.
Improving Census Data
The next census is due in 2021 and the ABS sought suggestions as to what additional or new questions might be included. It’s interesting to note that some of the suggestions directly relate to aspects of property development. This will not be a surprise as ABS census data is a foundation of a great deal of planning and in helping to define marketing strategies. Some of the key aspects suggested have included; the percentage of household income spent on mortgage repayments, the number of motor vehicles and ride-sharing services to get to work (both hot topics as urban traffic gets harder to manage) and also a detailed count of vacant dwellings. This last topic is an interesting one, but there may be a catch 22 involved as some countries and cities are considering placing an additional tax on owners who leave property vacant, a more that may well cut across the rights of private property ownership.
New Planning Codes
Homeowners in new release and established areas across NSW can now save up to $15,000 in building and administrative costs, under the new Greenfield Housing Code and Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code. The code will allow one and two storey homes, renovations and extensions to be carried out under a fast-track complying development approval and will speed up the delivery of homes across new release areas. The codes seek to encourage low-rise medium density housing which is often seen as a missing part of the NSW housing stock. The new Code will only apply in areas where councils have already permitted medium density housing under their Local Environmental Plan.