A record high spike in sales of Melbourne's greenfield lots coincides with calls from both government and academia for curbs on the spread of the city's peripheral sprawl.

Despite the trend toward high-rise densification in Melbourne’s downtown core, sprawl continues to expand along the city’s undeveloped fringes at record rates. Data just released by the National Land Survey indicates that the sales of greenfield lots in Melbourne have hit an unprecedented high, surging well past previous peaks for the…