YIMBY Qld CEO and co-founder Natalie Rayment sat down to speak with Nicole Bennetts on the Hustle & Bustle podcast this week to discuss the YIMBY movement and community participation in planning.
“It’s a constant discussion and certainly a discussion that’s got a lot of interest and sometimes a lot of heat,” says Natalie of reaching common ground with the community about future growth and good development.
“People are genuinely interested and want to be a part of their neighbourhood discussion. Even if there’s an increase in people who are in fear of change, cautious about what development is happening in their neighbourhood, or worried about a project, I still feel like it’s exciting because people are interested and passionate about their neighbourhoods.”
Natalie observes that the last 18 months of lockdowns have caused an increased awareness in the way people think about their neighbourhoods. “The fact that we are spending a lot more time in our own neighbourhoods, people are starting to think differently about what is the character of their neighbourhoods and is it changing values.”
However, gaining community support can feel like taking one step forward and two steps back. “There’s a fear of change. There’s a fear of the developer. There’s growing either mistrust or misunderstanding of what the development approval process is for new development.“
“[Development] has become a very emotional issues, and the only way to really turn that around is to put different perspectives on the table.”
“It’s starting to share that and show the value of inclusive cities that I think is the best way to change those attitudes.”
You can listen to their full conversation here.