The theory behind EcoDensity is that population growth
is inevitable and that sprawl is hard on the planet.
A new buzzword around town is "EcoDensity", but what
EcoDensity is an attempt to increase the population in existing
neighbourhoods in a way which is both environmentally friendly and
reduces the city's ecological footprint.
In a practical sense, EcoDensity means encouraging forms of
development in low to medium density areas which will allow for an
increased number of people to live there. Typically, such areas
could be along transit corridors, in areas of the city considered
transitional (such as light industrial areas being rezoned for
residential use) or existing medium density areas.
EcoDensity also means design which is environmentally
sustainable, affordable and livable. It does not necessarily only
refer to new builds, it can also include adapting existing large
houses into flats or even as simple as "granny
The theory behind EcoDensity is that population growth is
inevitable and that sprawl is hard on the planet, but that
densification can make good things happen, such as the flow-on
effects of more people using public transport creating more demand
which means that services should run more frequently and more
people supporting more amenities, shops and restaurants.
The critics of EcoDensity point to what happens when
densification is not done properly, such as where there are not
enough public amenities to support the increased population or
where population has increased but not to adequate levels to
increase public transport which just causes a traffic
Vancouver has recently adopted EcoDensity Charter that the
community and the city can use to drive a better ecological
footprint. It has been suggested that a similar approach could be
used in Sydney and other major metropolitan cities in Australia to
better manage growth.
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