Mick flies a kite for micro-units in the Canberra planning landscape

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MICK Gentleman has opened the CHC Affordable Housing’s micro-unit exhibition, and hinted at approvals for these dwellings.

“This micro-unit exhibition demonstrates a type of affordable compact housing which could easily be woven into the fabric of Canberra’s housing landscape,” Mick said.

“When I was consulting with younger people for my statement of planning intent, many expressed a keen interest in new and different types of medium density housing. Many also indicated that they were looking for affordable compact housing types in good locations.

“Well designed small dwellings within the city, town centres and close to major employment, shopping and recreational facilities, lessen the need for car travel and can bring to life our centres making them more economically viable and interesting.

“A short term action in my Statement of Planning Intent is to review current residential zoning to achieve a wider range of housing choice and innovative medium density housing forms across individual suburbs to deliver age friendly and affordable housing. Micro units could easily be part of this.

“Another action contained in the statement is to progress innovative and alternative housing options in partnership with industry, identifying future opportunities for demonstration precincts across the city to undergo innovative precinct planning to guide change and sustainable development.

“I hope this micro-unit exhibition inspires not just members of the public but the movers and shakers within our building industry who can develop some of the ideas on show in the exhibition and can ultimately provide additional housing choices within our city.

“Well designed multi storey developments with clever fit-outs that maximise available space close to town centres and transport routes make perfect sense in today’s expensive housing market and I whole-heartedly support their consideration and inclusion in our town and city centres.”

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  1. Hi, Eddy here from CHC Affordable Housing. Thanks for the article, and thanks to Minister Gentleman for his support. Please drop by the display and spend some time in our full scale micro-unit model. We’re keen to know what people think, and whether there might be interest in this type of housing model in Canberra.

    We’re at 75 Petrie Plaza (half way between the merry go round and Bunda St), open from 11am-2pm every day until Sunday 29 November.

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