A permissive approach to development has compromised urban character, amenity and the ability to provide infrastructure. A number of commercial and industrial activities are located in unserviced rural areas because lower land cost and minimal regulation. In some cases this means existing infrastructure is used inefficiently, and it makes infrastructure planning and deployment difficult to forecast.
Furthermore, some urban zoned land (commercial, mixed-use, industrial, and residential) – where we should be developing – is not currently serviced by infrastructure.
We need to make sure that the right activities are happening in the right places.