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Quantifying changes in building footprint in the historic coastal town of Queenscliff

Fuller, Robert, Reaburn, Kelly, De Jong, Ursula and Esteban, Yolanda 2016, Quantifying changes in building footprint in the historic coastal town of Queenscliff, Australian planner, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 1781-186, doi: 10.1080/07293682.2016.1157089.

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Title Quantifying changes in building footprint in the historic coastal town of Queenscliff
Author(s) Fuller, Robert
Reaburn, Kelly
De Jong, UrsulaORCID iD for De Jong, Ursula
Esteban, YolandaORCID iD for Esteban, Yolanda
Journal name Australian planner
Volume number 53
Issue number 3
Start page 1781
End page 186
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0729-3682
Keyword(s) building footprint
quantifying changes
small towns
Summary The sea change phenomenon has attracted new residents to Australian coastal towns and brought with it expectations of residential housing formed in metropolitan settings. Consequently, the traditional ‘identifying’ neighbourhood character of these towns is changing. Much larger houses are now being built and site coverage has increased. To date, changes in character have been measured using data based on the subjective judgement of residents through surveys and interviews. More objective information would be beneficial in understanding change. This paper describes a methodology that has been developed to quantify the change in the building footprint in the historic coastal town of Queenscliff in Victoria. Using selected aerial photographs, the building footprint of the town's residential buildings has been estimated at four intervals from 1957 until 2006. This footprint has been compared to the block size at each interval so that changes in house-to-block ratio may be compared. Over 20% of the residential homes were assessed. Building footprint has risen from 30% to over 38% in the documented 50 years. The method developed here is a low-cost method of tracking footprint change over an extended period and informing local planners and residents of when and where the changes have occurred.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07293682.2016.1157089
Field of Research 120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Socio Economic Objective 960610 Urban Land Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID LPLP110200787
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