How dense is high density?

Simone - Myth Buster

Simone has a rich background in human geography, demography and urban planning – a background that was useful in her previous roles in the Commonwealth and State Governments, and now as part of the forecast team at .id. From the Queensland coast to the southern suburbs of Perth, Simone produces population and dwelling forecasts that help local governments make informed decisions about future service and planning needs. She is a regular contributor to .id’s blog and has spoken at several conferences on how our cities and regions are changing. She is a big advocate of evidence-based planning and how Census and other data can inform this. Outside of work Simone is a keen traveller and photographer – interests that tie in well with her professional life and help her to understand “place”.

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5 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    The images in the blog no longer load … has the path become separated on the server?

    • Hi Kate, thank you for flagging this issue to us – we’ll look into the matter. In the meantime, I’ve re-uploaded the images and they should be working now. Let me know if you still have any problems viewing the images. Thank you.

  2. Daniel says:

    Sorry, this could be totally unrelated to this subject, but I’ve been looking everywhere and I can’t find the definition of high, medium, and low density suburbs are. My teacher said they’d come in a test, but he hasn’t explained them to us, and the test is on Monday. Can you help me, please?

  3. Chee Mok says:

    Getting back to the question of “How dense is High Density?”, is the blog suggesting that the example which is equivalent to 110 dwellings per gross hectare considered high density? What would you call the ‘density’ required to sustain enough foot traffic to justify a train station?
    The use of dwellings per gross hectare also varies from state to state. Perhaps the use of dwellings per net hectare is more appropriate to remove all variations such as public open space provision standards and road reserve width standards for example.

  4. Simone Alexander says:

    Hi Chee Mok – the examples referred to in this blog are illustrative of what certain densities look like – it doesn’t refer to a definition of high density The 110 dwellings per hectare refers to an apartment building on Pier Street Altona and compares it to the surrounding area. I take your point re net and gross densities, but for the purposes of this exercise it wasn’t necessary to go to that level of detail.

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