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What Utah could teach us about affordability, growth and density : Comments

By Ross Elliott, published 4/11/2016

The point is that the light regulatory touch in Utah has not prevented innovation or world leading design in urban development.

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I think you forgot two obvious points...
1) Utah's growth is partly filled by large families, having a very high Mormon population.

2). Our equivalent flyover states/regions also have very affordable housing. Having been born and raised in Sydney and now living in a flyover region I can say I'll never move back to Sydney. But the government does have to do more to make these regions attractive the people living on the fringes of our big capital cities or the feedlot like towns hugging the east coast.
Posted by Cobber the hound, Friday, 4 November 2016 7:41:31 AM
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A more important question might be:
What can the Amish teach us about Cancer and Autism?
Posted by Armchair Critic, Friday, 4 November 2016 8:37:27 AM
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Ross is suggesting progressive and innovative thinking, from a well of politicians which is overflowing with doctors lawyers and land developers.
A Country where the limit to an innovative thought, is to pump raw untreated sewage into Sydney Harbour, and sell the farm to wealthy foreigners, in order to pump up real estate values to unaffordable heights, for the growing numbers of the dispossessed and landless.

Where the Prime Minister is an innovative tax avoider, intent on ripping off welfare payments from the poor, under the mantra of "lifters and leaners": ( Too few tax payers, too many poor to feed), widening the wealth gap between rich and poor, which in turn, offers the disposed choices between a park bench for the ultra poor, or the luxury of a vehicle in which to live!

Following closely the example of the great USofA, Ross uses as the example of how to house the population, by example of the plague of "affordability" in Utah. It will not be promoted in Australia as a priority to "plunder" for profit!

Near forty percent of American homeless, are families living on the street or in vehicles. No doubt this will be the American example of innovation ripe for Australian conditions!
Posted by diver dan, Friday, 4 November 2016 9:14:44 AM
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Ross Elliott is connected to the Property Council, a more greedy, grasping group you will never find.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 4 November 2016 9:21:17 AM
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Hear, hear and well said Diver!
Be careful Dan, I'm beginning to like you!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Saturday, 5 November 2016 9:29:45 AM
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This is a hymn to urban sprawl with no consideration of the environmental effects. We do not need to emulate a high population growth state - what is the end point? When all of Utah is paved over? The housing does look desirable but what is the ecological footprint? How much embedded energy is in each home? How far does the breadwinner have to commute? How many greenhouse gas emissions are there from each household per annum?

Until Ross Elliott and others from the Property Council start considering the energy/environmental aspects of housing, their views will not be taken seriously.
Posted by popnperish, Monday, 7 November 2016 7:58:04 AM
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